Jong-nam murder: Fate of body to be known within 3 weeks

HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN

PUTRAJAYA: The issue of claiming Kim Jong-nam's remains is expected to be resolved in two to three weeks, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.


The government will look for a positive solution if the next-of-kin of Jong-nam, who is the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, fail to claim the body.


"With the positive identification, we hope his family will claim Jong-nam's remains. If the family do not, the ministry will have to discuss with the Prime Minister's Department, Home Ministry and Foreign Ministry on the next course of action.


"We hope to come to a decision in two to three weeks," he told reporters after attending the 'Minister of Health Research and Innovation Award 2016' today.


Responding to a question, Dr Subramaniam said Jong-nam's body is still in the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital mortuary.


Jong-nam was killed on Feb 13 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 by two suspects who had used VX nerve agent, classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.