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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Kim Jong-Nam's body may be sent to Macau

KUALA LUMPUR - The body of Kim Jong-Nam arrived at the KLIA cargo terminal from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) at about 2.40pm today and is expected to be sent to Macau.

A source who confirmed this said the time of departure of the cargo flight is yet to be determined.

Earlier, an unmarked MPV, carrying what is believed to be the body of Jong-Nam, was seen leaving the HKL mortuary at 1.35pm with police escorts .

Several members of the media tried to trail the MPV at the Jalan Pahang roundabout, but were blocked by police.

This is the second repatriation attempt of Jong-Nam's body.

On Monday, the body was sent to the KLIA cargo terminal where it was expected to make its way to Macau.

But in another twist to the tale that has caused strained diplomatic ties between North Korea and Malaysia, the body was sent back to the HKL mortuary that very day due to a 'cargo technical issue'.

It is believed that the arrangements were made by Wisma Putra which is liaising with Jong-Nam's family to receive the 45-year-old victim's body in Macau.

However, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam had refuted those reports saying that the body had never left the mortuary.

"As far as I know, the body has always been in HKL. Whether it was given to another group, the answer is no," he said.

On Wednesday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said he did not want to comment on the case anymore as he revealed that "something is going on" but did not elaborate as he may jeopardise the plans that are already in motion.

When asked by theSun to confirm that the body is being repatriated today (today), Khalid asked for patience and to wait until they are ready to speak.

Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was murdered at klia2 on Feb 13 by two women using the highly toxic VX nerve agent.

Jong-nam, who travelled with a passport bearing the name of Kim Chol, died on the way to the Putrajaya Hospital.

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