PETALING JAYA – Kim Han Sol, the son of Kim Jong Nam, had pleaded with the Malaysian authorities not to turn over his father’s body to North Korea following his assassination in February.
The body of Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was repatriated the body in compliance with North Korean demands at the end of March.
The Asahi Shimbun today reported that this was done to secure the release of Malaysian diplomats in Pyongyang.
It added that Han Sol had also agreed to cooperate with DNA analysis to identify his father’s body. However, the Malaysian authorities until now had not disclosed Han Sol’s role in cooperating with the analysis.
Citing several unnamed high-ranking Malaysian investigative authorities, it said Han Sol felt it would be too dangerous for him to claim his father’s remains in person. He was also said to have asked for the body to be cremated.
The plea made by Han Sol was shared by a number of high-ranking Malaysian government officials by early March, the newspaper said.
Jong Nam was killed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 on Feb 13 by two women who smeared a fast-acting poison on his face.
The body of Jong Nam, which went through two embalming processes, was flown back to Pyongyang on March 31.