Malaysia determined to uncover truth behind murder of North Korean national, says Najib


KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is taking a firm stand in the murder case of North Korean national, widely identified as Kim Jong-nam, saying that Malaysia is fully determined to uncover the truth on what actually transpired.

In an interview with Al Arabiya news channel, Najib was reported as saying that Malaysia will take a firm stand and prosecute those responsible for the crime.

“I would like to say that a crime has been committed in Malaysia and we also realise that the material used is a very dangerous chemical substance that should not be used at all, because if deployed in large quantities, it will lead to the deaths of many, not just one person.

“So, we must take a serious stand and we are fully determined to get to the truth and prosecute those responsible for what happened,” he said.

On Feb 13, Jong-nam, the estranged brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) while waiting for a flight to Macau.

According to the police and leaked CCTV footage, Jong-nam was approached by two women, one of whom grabbed him from behind and sprayed his face with an apparently poisonous liquid. He died on his way to the Putrajaya Hospital.

North Korean ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol had since criticised the Malaysian government and the investigations conducted by the authorities, causing tension between the two countries.

Najib, in the interview, also condemned the use of the illegal substance, the nerve gas VX, which is listed among weapons of mass destruction.

“We need to conduct a DNA examination to ascertain the identity of the deceased. This is a common procedure and we are waiting for the DNA samples to identify the corpse.

“So we cannot handover the body as long as we cannot determine without doubt the identity of the victim or the deceased,” Najib added.