Police deny Jong-nam’s next-of-kin had arrived in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — Police today denied claims that family members or next-of-kin of the late Kim Jong-nam arrived in Malaysia for body identification at the National Forensic Medicine Institute (IPFN) in the Kuala Lumpur Hospital here.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police had also not received any DNA sample from his family members in connection with the killing which has attracted the attention of international media.

“We are still waiting while media reports claim his next-of-kin has arrived in Malaysia. To say such things is not right,” he told Bernama through a WhatsApps message.

After almost two weeks since the alleged murder of Jong-nam, local and international media are still waiting round-the-clock at the IPFN to obtain the latest information including seeking an opportunity to record the arrival of Jong-nam’s next-of-kin or family members.

The foreign media, prior to this, reported that the next-of-kin of Jong-nam had arrived in Malaysia, but to date no family members or next-of-kin was detected at IPFN.

Jong-nam was at the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) at 8am on Feb 13, to board a flight to Macau but an hour later two women appeared before him and suddenly wiped his face with the palms of their hands, believed to contain a poisonous liquid.

The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, sought help at a customer service counter in the airport, and was rushed to the Putrajaya Hospital but died on the way.

He had come to Malaysia on Feb 6 and carried a passport bearing the name Kim Chol. — Bernama,