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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

No heart attack, no puncture marks on Jong Nam's body

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (CNN) - Kim Jong Nam didn't have a heart attack and the medics who conducted his autopsy found no obvious puncture marks or wounds, a top Malaysian health official said Tuesday, compounding the mystery over the North Korean's death.

Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, the director-general of Malaysia's Ministry of Health, addressed a packed room of journalists at the morgue where Kim's body is being held, saying that the cause of death won't be released until lab tests from the autopsy are completed.

Authorities in South Korea believe that Kim, the older, estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was poisoned before he died on February 13. His death is being investigated as murder.

When asked about reports that Kim had been poisoned, Abdullah reiterated that his department was waiting on lab results before making any conclusive statements.

No next of kin have come forward to claim the body, he said.

By Joshua Berlinger and Kocha Olarn CNN 

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Jong-nam: Full Post-Mortem Report Pending Analysis By Chemistry Dept - Health DG

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 (Bernama) -- The full report on the post-mortem conducted on the remains of Kim Jong-nam will be available after completion of the Chemistry Department's forensic analysis, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said the result would help determine the cause of death as well as the definitive identity of the deceased. Jong-nam was the older half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Speaking at a packed press conference here today, Dr Noor Hisham said no specific deadline was given for the analysis to be completed.

He said specimens from the deceased, who died under mysterious circumstances, had been collected for analysis but none from the next-of-kin.

"At the moment, we do not have anyone claiming to be the next-of-kin; we are still waiting for them," he said.


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