Appeasing N. Korea, KL says no positive identification of body yet

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In a turn of events, Malaysia said it is yet to positively identify the body, believed to be that of the half-brother to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Saying the identification process was incomplete, the Malaysian medical authority also said it has not determined the cause of death altogether.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said to the media in Kuala Lumpur today the medicolegal specimens were handed over to the investigating Police Office immediately after the post-mortem examination.

He gave assurances that the examination was conducted by qualified and experienced consultant forensic pathologists, forensic radiologist and forensic odontologist.

North Korean envoy to Malaysia, Kang Chol, has repeatedly accused Malaysia of colluding in Kim’s death.

He claimed that Malaysia could not be trusted to investigate the case.

The North Korean Ambassador in Kuala Lumpur also said his country will reject the autopsy report outright.

Malaysia’s health minister said on Monday that the autopsy results for Kim Jong Nam’s body could be released within two days.

Reuters news agency has reported that the son of Kim Jong Nam is to arrive in Kuala Lumpur late on Monday.

Malaysian authorities have said they will release the victim’s body to next of kin.

So far, Police has arrested four people — three foreigners and one local — over the death, saying it is also looking for four North Korean individuals who are suspected to have participated in the crime.

Malaysia said the North Korean allegations against Kuala Lumpur were “deeply insulting”.

It has recalled its ambassador to North Korea over the criticism of its investigation into the death of Kim Jong-Nam.