Cops take Jong-nam's remains out of HKL mortuary for 'religious rite'


KUALA LUMPUR: The body of Kim Jong-nam has been taken out of the National Forensic Institute at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, here, today for what was believed to be a "religious rite".

A source told the New Straits Times that Jong-nam's remains was transported in a white Toyota Vellfire to a location in Cheras for the "religious rite", at about 1.58pm.

It was unclear if the body was cremated, buried or returned to the mortuary afterward.

A team of policemen from the Dang Wangi police headquarters and Bukit Aman's Special Branch Unit were spotted at the institute's compound since morning.

It was reported previously that the deceased's family had expressed their wish for the Malaysian government to take care of his remains.

Jong-nam, 45, the estranged half-brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was killed when two women smeared a VX nerve agent on his face at klia2 on Feb 13.

He died while en-route to the Putrajaya Hospital.