IGP confirms: Kim Chol is Kim Jong-nam

HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN


KUALA LUMPUR: After almost a month of intense speculation, police today confirmed that the North Korean who was murdered at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 on Feb 13, is indeed Kim Jong-nam.


This was announced to the media by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar today.


"We have now established that Kim Chol is Kim Jong-nam," he said at the start of his press conference today.


Police, he said, had received all the necessary information to verify this. However, he declined to divulge further details.


"For the safety of the witnesses, we will not be divulging any explanation. I am not going to say more than that," he said, adding that police received the confirmation yesterday.


Khalid said police will soon hand over Jong-nam's body to the Health Ministry.


Asked on when the body will be released to the Health Ministry, Khalid simply replied, "whenever."


Jong-nam, the exiled half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was murdered at KLIA2 while waiting to board a flight to Macau on Feb 13.


He was travelling under the name Kim Chol.


He was attacked by two women, an Indonesian and Vietnamese, who had used a deadly VX nerve agent on him.


The attack was captured on CCTV. Jong-nam died on the way to the Putrajaya Hospital.


The two women have been charged with murder.


North Korea has since demanded the release of Jong-nam's body. Malaysia has rejected the request due to the murder investigation as well as the need to verify his true identity.