Report: N. Korea wants body of dead citizen believed to be Jong-nam

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A man believed to be Kim Jong-nam emerges from a bus as he is escorted by Japanese authorities upon his deportation from Japan at Tokyo’s Narita international airport May 4, 2001. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 — North Korea has asked for the body of a man many believe to be the half-brother of its leader Kim Jong-un, local police said.

However, Malaysia has yet to confirm if it will acquiesce with the request as police have so far only identified the dead man as 46-year-old Kim Chol based on his passport and not Kim Jong-nam, though the latter had been known to travel under an alias.

"We have also received a request for the body from the North Koreans but we will perform the post-mortem first," Selangor criminal investigation department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Fadzil Ahmat was quoted saying by local daily The Star.

The dead man was reported to be travelling solo and had complained of dizziness to the airport receptionist after two unknown women splashed some liquid on his face at the departure hall of the klia2.

He was rushed for medical treatment at the airport clinic but died en route to the Putrajaya hospital.