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Malaysian police said on Friday it will not release the body of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un until it receives Kim’s DNA samples from his family.
A police officer looks on as a hospital staff walks past outside the morgue at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital where Kim Jong Nam's body is held for autopsy in Malaysia, February 17, 2017.
While the DPRK embassy officially requested on Thursday for the body of Kim Jong Nam to be released by Malaysia, Abdul Samah Mat, Selangor state police chief, told Reuters that the body would not be released until the next-of-kin DNA is obtained to confirm the identity of the victim.
"So far no family member or next-of-kin has come to identify or claim the body. We need a DNA sample of a family member to match the profile of the dead person," Mat told AFP on Friday. So far, only an application from the DPRK embassy has been received by the police.
Kim died on Monday after being assaulted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Two female suspects have been arrested and a Malaysian man has also been detained to help with inquiries.
Police are still hunting for four men believed to have been accomplices in Kim Jong Nam's murder.
Cornelia Charito Siricord, director of forensics within the Malaysian science ministry, told Reuters that an analysis was being carried out on samples taken from the body to help the police establish the cause of death.
- Editor:Albert | Source: Agencies
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