Jong-nam's family leaves it to M'sia to manage body: Deputy IGP

Hariz Mohd

SHAH ALAM: The family of Kim Jong-nam has expressed its wish for the Malaysian government to manage his remains.

However, the next course of action in managing the body is still under discussion with the family.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said that deliberations are ongoing.

"From what I understand, the family of Kim Jong-nam wants our government to manage his body.

"They have given their consent," he told reporters after launching a seminar at Kelab Shah Alam here this morning.

However, Noor Rashid did not reveal the parties involved in the discussion and where it is taking place.

Noor Rashid was commenting on the progress of the investigation into Jong-nam's assassination, and whether a decision has been made on his body, which has been in the custody of Malaysian authorities since he was killed at klia2 on Feb 13.

He was asked whether Jong-nam's family had made a request to police to claim the body, since one of Jong-nam's children had provided his DNA for identification purposes.

When asked if this means the body of the man, who died at 45, will not be handed over to the North Korean government, which had been demanding for Malaysia to do so, he said it depends on the ongoing discussion with the deceased's family.

Noor Rashid said police have surrendered custody of the body to the Health Ministry.

"Any decision on the body is now up to the federal government."

Jong-nam, who is the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, was assassinated using VX nerve agent when he was about to board a flight to Macau.