North Korea has insisted that it will reject the Malaysian results of an autopsy on its leader’s estranged half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, accusing Malaysia of “colluding with outside forces”, in a veiled reference to rival nation South Korea.
Nam, who had lived in exile for years, was assaulted at the low cost terminal of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday with what is believed to be fast acting poison before he could board a flight to Macau. He sought help but died on the way to the hospital.
North Korea demanded on Friday night that Kim Jong Nam’s body be released immediately. It had earlier tried to persuade Malaysian authorities not to carry out an autopsy but Malaysia hit back by saying the country’s rules must be followed.
“The Malaysian side forced the post-mortem without our permission and witnessing,” the North Korean ambassador Kang Chol told reporters outside the hospital where the body of Kim Jong Nam is being kept.
“We will categorically reject the result of the post mortem.”
Kang said the fact that Malaysia has yet to hand over the body “strongly suggests that the Malaysian side is trying to conceal something which needs more time and deceive us, and that they are colluding with the hostile forces towards us who are desperate to harm us.”
Meanwhile, Malaysian police have arrested four persons in connection with the suspected murder but have released few details.
Three suspects were arrested separately on Wednesday and Thursday while the fourth arrest is that of a North Korean man.
Two female suspects, an Indonesian and the other carrying Vietnamese travel documents, have already been arrested. While a Malaysian man has been detained. At least three more suspects are at large, government sources have said.
Malaysian police said the latest arrest connected with the murder was made on Friday night, and the suspect was identified as Ri Jong Chol, born on May 6, 1970.
“He is suspected to be involved in the death of a North Korean male,” read the statement.