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Hospital completes post-mortem on remains of N Korean man

Bernama  |  Published:  |  Modified:

The post-mortem on the remains of the North Korean man reported to be the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has been completed.

Sepang District Police chief ACP Abdul Aziz Ali confirmed the matter when met by reporters at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine, Kuala Lumpur Hospital late yesterday.

It is understood that the post-mortem on the man identified by his passport as Kim Chol, who died on Monday, was completed at 7.30pm.

Abdul Aziz declined to reveal any detail on the cause of death or when the remains would be claimed from the hospital.

Four vehicles from the North Korean Embassy in Malaysia were also seen leaving the premises at 8pm.

About 50 local and foreign journalists began gathering at the compound of the forensic unit as early as 9am today hoping to get further information on the case.

Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said yesterday that the North Korean tried to seek help at the customer service counter at KL International Airport 2.

The man's passport stated that he was born in Pyongyang on June 10, 1970.  

Foreign media had reported that Kim Chol was actually Kim Jong-nam, an elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

He reportedly died on the way to hospital.

Man killed before his passport checked

Meanwhile, Immigration director-general Mustafar Ali said the man was killed before he could have had his passport checked as he was outside the immigration check-point area, The Star reported.

Mustafar also declined to say whether the man entered Malaysia using a fake passport or why his travel document had purportedly carried a different name.

“That is for the police to investigate. We have given all the information to the authorities so that they can pursue the matter,” Mustafar had said.

- Bernama

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