Malaysian Police 'to Take DNA Samples from Kim Jong-nam's Son'

  • By O Youn-hee

    February 24, 2017 09:43

    Malaysian police have flown to Macau to take DNA samples from the son of Kim Jong-nam, who was assassinated last week in Kuala Lumpur, press reports said.

    Local media said three Malaysian police officers flew to Macau carrying a DNA sample from Kim Jong-nam to compare it with a sample provided by his son Han-sol, who fears for his safety if he flies to Malaysia instead.

    But Malaysia's police chief Khalid Abu Bakar dismissed the reports. "We have not sent any team to retrieve any DNA samples. We have not received any samples as well," he told reporters.

    Deputy police chief Noor Rashid Ibrahim met with reporters on Thursday and said Kim Jong-nam's family could arrive in Malaysia "within one to two days," according to the New Straits Times.

    He said the "family members of the deceased are living not far from Malaysia." If Kim Han-sol comes to Malaysia, the three officers may have been sent to Macau to escort him safely.

    Police cordon off an area outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday. /AP-Yonhap

    One reason for the urgency is that North Korean Embassy officials have thrown furious accusations at the investigation, variously denying that the victim is Kim Jong-nam, that he was assassinated, and that Pyongyang was behind the hit.

    Police want the embassy to hand over Hyon Kwang-song (44), a second secretary at the mission, and Kim Uk-il (37), a staffer of the renegade country’s flag carrier Air Koryo in connection with the murder. Both have been holed up on the premises since the hit.

    Malaysian police cannot enter the embassy, which is considered North Korean territory.

    Malaysian officials are increasingly furious at the North's frantic response and are minded to shut down the embassy and expel all diplomats, reports said.

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