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Jong-nam's body back in HKL after 'technical' issue in repatriation
Published:  Mar 28, 2017 1:43 AM
Updated: 2:01 AM

The body of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is back in the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) mortuary, due to a "technical" issue in repatriating it back to Macau.

The Sun reported that Jong-nam's body was taken back to the mortuary about 9.15pm last night, just a day after it was released by the hospital for repatriation. 

The daily quoted sources close to the case saying that the body was taken to the KLIA cargo terminal, where it was supposed to make its way to its final resting place in Macau today, but due to a cargo technical issue, the body could not be loaded onboard. It was then brought back to the mortuary. 

According to the source, the repatriation of Jong-nam's body will be done by Wednesday. 

The arrangements to send the North Korean's body back to his family in Macau was reportedly done by Wisma Putra. 

Malaysiakini has texted Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam and Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Reezal Merican Naina Merican and is awaiting their comment.

Jong-nam was poisoned with the VX nerve agent by two women, as he was about to board a flight to Macau, at KLIA 2 on Feb 13. 

He died on the way to Putrajaya Hospital and the two women - Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, have since been charged with his murder. 

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