Family will get priority to claim Kim Jong-nam’s body, say police

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The Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) will give priority to the family of Kim Jong-nam to claim his body from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital's (HKL) National Institute of Forensic Medicine, Selangor police chief Abdul Samah Mat said.

He said the RMP has received a request from the North Korean Embassy to claim the body.

"Only the North Korean Embassy has asked to claim the body, but our priority is the 'next-of-kin' and for them to identify the body, and following that, to ascertain who is the rightful claimant.

"The post-mortem has been completed, but the post-mortem results have not been released yet," Abdul Samah said when contacted by Bernama News Channel in Kuala Lumpur today.

Last Monday, Jong-nam was at the KL International Airport 2 at 8am to board a flight to Macau an hour later when a woman suddenly covered his face with a cloth laced with what is believed to be poison.

Jong-nam, who had used a passport bearing the name of Kim Chol, sought help at a customer service counter at KLIA2 and was rushed to the Putrajaya Hospital, but he died on the way.

Meanwhile, the Sepang police headquarters continued to draw the attention of both local and foreign media seeking to obtain the latest updates over the death of Jong-nam.

They gathered in front of the Sepang police headquarters as early as 8am today when word got out that new remand proceedings on the case would be conducted there.

This came about after the remand proceedings involving two foreign women, held in connection with the case, were carried out at the building with Sepang Magistrate Sharifah Muhaymin Abd Khalib brought to the premises in a patrol car yesterday.

Several foreign media correspondents were spotted spending only about 15 minutes to perform the 'stand upper' with the Sepang police headquarters as the backdrop.

Among them was a journalist from a South Korea's English daily Kyung Hang, who wanted to be known only as Syim. He said he had been in Malaysia to cover the case since Wednesday.

- Bernama

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