Leroy N. Soetoro
2017-02-18 02:56:46 UTC
(CNN)In the latest twist in the bizarre murder of Kim Jong Un's half-
brother, Malaysia says it won't release the body to North Korea without
DNA from the Kim family.
Selangor Police Chief Abdul Samah Mat said without DNA from a next of kin,
they won't hand over Kim Jong Nam's body or release the autopsy report,
which could reveal the cause of death.
But North Korea says it will "reject" the results of a "forced" autopsy
which was not witnessed by its officials, according to a statement from
the country's ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol. The ambassador demanded
the immediate release of the body.
Kim Jong Nam died after being attacked at Kuala Lumpur International
Airport on Monday. South Korean officials claim he was poisoned.
Three people have been arrested so far in relation to Kim's murder: an
Indonesian woman, a Malaysian man and another woman carrying Vietnamese
Four days after the killing, many questions remain unanswered. Here's what
we know so far.
Kim was on his way to catch a flight Monday morning to see his family in
Macau, where he's lived since his departure from North Korea years ago.
The Chinese territory, a short ferry or helicopter ride from Hong Kong, is
a popular gambling destination with mainland Chinese.
The exact details of Kim's murder are sketchy but Selangor State Criminal
Investigations Department Chief Fadzil Ahmat told Reuters Kim "felt like
someone grabbed or held his face from behind."
Kim felt dizzy and immediately went to an airport customer assistance
counter, seeking medical help. They were concerned enough to take him to
the on-premises clinic.
An ambulance was called to take Kim to the hospital, but he died on the
How was he killed?
No one is exactly sure how Kim died.
Initially, local media put forth reports of poison needles and deadly
sprays, but it wasn't even clear whether Kim was killed or had a heart
Then on Wednesday, South Korea's Lee Cheol Woo, the chairman of the
country's National Assembly Intelligence Committee, publicly declared Kim
had been murdered.
The car of ambassador of North Korea to Malaysia leaves the forensic
department at the hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday, Feb.
Lee stated the former North Korean heir had been killed with poison by
"two Asian women." He didn't reveal how South Korea had discovered this or
what poison had been used in the killing.
The autopsy may have revealed more, but despite having been finished on
Wednesday, no results have been released.
As of yet, Deputy Prime Minister Hamidi said no next of kin had come
forward to claim the body.
Was North Korea involved?
No motive for the killing has been revealed, nor any explanation of how he
South Korea's Lee told lawmakers on Wednesday that North Korea killed Kim
but, again, he didn't explain how he knew it.
"Pyongyang has been attempting to assassinate Kim Jong Nam for the past
five years," a South Korean legislator, Lee Chul Woo, told reporters
Wednesday. He didn't provide any evidence.
When asked about rumors that North Korea had been involved in Kim's death,
Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told a press conference
Thursday it was "only speculation."
North Korea has requested Kim's body, but Malaysian authorities said they
wouldn't release it until investigations are complete. The North Korean
ambassador's statement said Malaysia initially told consular officials
that Kim died of a heart attack on the way to a hospital.
North Korea accused Malaysia of "collusion with the hostile forces towards
Who did it?
Grainy security video from the airport at the time of Kim's killing showed
two young female suspects. One of the women is seen wearing a blue skirt
and white t-shirt with "LOL" written on it.
The first woman was arrested on Wednesday morning at Kuala Lumpur
International Airport, two days after the attack. She was carrying
Vietnamese documents, which said her name was Doan Thi Huong and gave her
age as 30.
Later that evening, 26-year-old Malaysian Muhammad Farid Bin Jalaluddin
was taken into custody. Police said he was arrested to assist in their
At 2 a.m. on Thursday, Jalaluddin led investigators to his girlfriend, 25-
year-old Indonesian Siti Aishah, who was then arrested on suspicion of
being involved in Kim's death. No charges have been laid.
A photo of security footage shows a suspect wearing a shirt with "LOL" on
it in Sepang, Malaysia, on Monday, February 13.
Who was Kim Jong Nam?
If things had gone differently, Kim Jong Nam could have been the leader of
Kim Jong Nam (R) with his father, former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il
(L), according to CNN-affiliate KBS.
Born in 1971, he was the first son of then-North Korean leader Kim Jong
His mother was one of the dictator's favored mistresses, actress Song Hye-
rim, and for a while Kim Jong Nam was the most public of his father's
But in 2001 he reportedly lost the elder Kim's favor when he tried to use
forged documents to visit Tokyo Disneyland.
Kim Jong Nam, left, was the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong
His half-brother, Kim Jong Un, was born to a different mistress, Ko Yong
Hui, who was politically ambitious and enthusiastic to see her son succeed
his father as leader.
But author Yoji Gomi, who wrote a book in 2012 called "My Father, Kim Jong
Il, and Me" said Kim Jong Nam thought his younger brother wasn't fit to
run the country.
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