Kim Jong-Nam murder : Malaysia requires DNA samples

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Crédit : Manan Vatsyayana
Crédit : Manan Vatsyayana

Malaysian authorities informed North Korea that the body of deceased Kim Jong-Nam will not leave the country before the family provides DNA samples. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother was killed in Malaysia on Monday.

It’s been almost a week since the mysterious death of a Korean man at Kuala Lumpur airport and there are still no real answers. Forensic physicians tried to clarify this unusual murder. This morning, they carried out tests on samples from the dead man’s body, in order to determine the toxin that was apparently sprayed in his face at Kuala Lumpur’s airport.

North Korean diplomats objected to an autopsy. But Selangor state police chief ordered that the body will not be returned to Pyongyang before the end of the procedure.

“North Korea have submitted a request to claim the body, but before we release the body we have to identify who the body belongs to” said Abdul Samah Mat, chief of the Selangor State Police.

“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” he added.

Two women arrested

Laboratory technicians working on blood and tissue samples from the autopsy, will conduct tests  “as soon as possible” to determine the cause of the death, according to Dr Cornelia Charito, Siricord of the Ministry of Science’s chemistry department. On the other hand, police are questioning two women. Kim Jong-Nam, was attacked by two women on Monday. They supposedly threw a liquid on his face when he was about to aboard on his plane to Macao. After, he suffered from a headache and was taken to the airport’s clinic in terrible pain. He died shortly afterwards.

Juliette Vignaud, IEJ 3C


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