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Friday, 17 February 2017 | MYT 9:15 PM

Police: Family given priority to claim Kim Jong-nam's body

KUALA LUMPUR: Police will give priority to the family of Kim Jong-nam (pic) to claim his body from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital's (HKL) National Institute of Forensic Medicine, said Selangor police chief Datuk Abdul Samah Mat.

He said the police had received a request from the North Korean embassy to claim the body.

"Only the North Korean embassy has asked to claim the body, but our priority is the 'next-of-kin' and for them to identify the body, and following that, to ascertain who is the rightful claimant.

"The post-mortem has been completed, but the post-mortem results have not been released yet," he said when contacted by Bernama Friday.

Last Monday, Jong-nam was at the KL International Airport 2 at 8am to board a flight to Macau when a woman suddenly covered his face with a cloth laced with what is believed to be poison.

Jong-nam, who had used a passport bearing the name of Kim Chol, sought help at a customer service counter at KLIA2 and was rushed to the Putrajaya Hospital but died on the way. - Bernama