Malaysia asked family DNA to release Kim Jong Nam's body

Malaysia asked family DNA to release Kim Jong Nam's bodyIn the latest twist in the 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, CNN reported on Friday.

Selangor Police Chief Abdul Samah Mat said they won't hand over Kim Jong Nam body or release the autopsy report which could reveal the cause of death without DNA from a next of kin.

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 identification.

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 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 but it came too late. Kim died on his way to hospital.

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 attack. 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.

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 of Kim's body might 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.

North Korea has requested Kim's body but Malaysia authorities said they wouldn't release it until investigations are complete.
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