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Dr Subra: Police will announce substance that caused Jong-nam’s death

KUALA LUMPUR: The police will make announcement on the substance that caused the death of Kim Jong-nam, the brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“That process is handled by the police. We act on the directives of the police,” said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam (pic) during a press conference after launching the Cancerfly Employment Portal & CanBazaar HKL 2017 on Monday.

The forensics department will identify the process of death and will be given time to do it until it is satisfied, he said.

Jong-nam, 45, was killed by two women who splashed his face with a chemical at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) departure hall at about 9am last Monday. He was about to leave for Macau.

Four people have so far been arrested in the probe into his death.

“Once we have the final results, our forensics department will hand it to the police.

I am not updated on how fast or how slow the process will be because this is between the forensics department and the police department,” Dr Subramaniam said.

He added that the use of chemicals as a form of murder was not common in Malaysia.

Dr Subramaniam also said that the police will deal with Jong-nam’s next-of-kin as the release of the body was under the jurisdiction of the police.

He said that in the event no next-of-kin came forward, the police would have to decide whether to keep the body for an extended period of time or release it.-THESTAR

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