The government in Kuala Lumpur did not reveal who gave the DNA samples. It is thought to have been his son Kim Han-sol. The corpse will go to Pyongyang in exchange for the release of Malaysians stranded in North Korea. Some problems at the Asian Cup championship.
Kuala Lumpur (AsiaNews / Agencies) - In order to confirm the identity of the man killed at the airport in Kuala Lumpur last February 14, a son of Kim Jong-nam has made his DNA available. This was revealed yesterday by Malaysian deputy premier, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who did not however, state the name of the family member of Kim Jong-nam for "the witness’ safety."
According to unconfirmed reports, the DNA samples was taken from his son Kim Jong-nam, who was invited to a "neutral nation."
Kim Jong-nam had at least two wives and six children. His first wife, Shin Jong-hui, lives in Beijing. His second wife, Lee Hye-kyong, lives in Macao with his son Han-sol and daughter Sol-hui. It is thought Han-sol made the DNA samples available to authorities.
On March 8, the video of a young man who claimed to be Kim Han-sol appeared online (see photo). The young man, with his mother and sister went into hiding because they feared for their lives, after the assassination of his father.
The killing of the brother of Kim Jong-un has created friction in relations between Malaysia and North Korea, with the mutual expulsion of ambassadors and bans on citizens leaving both countries.
Yesterday Zahid said he does not rule out releasing the body of Kim Jong-nam to North Korea in exchange for the release of the nine Malaysians who are stuck in Pyongyang.
Meanwhile, the Asian Football Federation, based in Kuala Lumpur, has announced that a qualifying match for the Asian Cup between Malaysia and North Korea, scheduled for March 28, will be postponed to 8 June in a neutral place, yet to be to decided.