SUBANG JAYA – Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has denied a report alleging that Malaysian authorities wrongly identified Kim Jong-nam as a South Korean national after he was killed.
He ridiculed the news report that said Malaysian authorities had first alerted Seoul’s embassy in Kuala Lumpur after wrongly identifying Kim as a South Korean national.
“Nonsense! Are we that stupid? No, the first thing we did was get hold of the deceased’s passport. It was clearly a North Korean passport, so why should we ask South Korea?
“We informed the North Korean embassy of the incident. Their official came and identified the deceased as Kim Jong-nam. But they told us the next day that no, it was not Kim Jong-nam but Kim Chol,” he said Friday.
Khalid said being professional investigators, Malaysian police continued referring to the dead man by the name listed in his passport before he was positively identified as Kim Jong-nam through a DNA test.
“That was why I kept referring to him as Kim Chol before finally identifying him as Kim Jong-nam,” he told reporters at E.City Hotel in One City here.
According to the news report on Thursday, Malaysian authorities had confused the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the formal name for North Korea, with the Republic of Korea after inspecting Kim’s passport.
Kim was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 on Feb 13 while waiting for a flight to Macau.
He was allegedly killed by two women, Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, who are said to have smeared the deadly VX nerve agent on his face. Both women have been charged with his murder.