Kim Jong Nam's remains moved from Kuala Lumpur mortuary to crematorium

A man rides his motorbike past the forensics unit of the Hospital Kuala Lumpur, where the body of Kim Jong Nam lies in the Malaysian capital on March 21, 2017.
A man rides his motorbike past the forensics unit of the Hospital Kuala Lumpur, where the body of Kim Jong Nam lies in the Malaysian capital on March 21, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR - The remains of North Korean citizen Kim Jong Nam were moved out of the mortuary of a Kuala Lumpur hospital on Sunday (March 26) and were believed to have been brought to a crematorium at the edge of the Malaysian capital, Malaysia's Berita Harian newspaper reported.

The body was carried out of the mortuary in a multi-purpose vehicle at around 1.30pm to Cheras for a "religious ceremony", the paper quoted a source as saying on its website.

Mr Kim, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was killed on Feb 13 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport as he was about to catch a flight to Macau.

Malaysian authorities said he was poisoned with VX nerve agent by two women assailants, an Indonesian and a Vietnamese, who have been charged in court.

Malaysia's Health Ministry said earlier on Sunday that it expected to come to a decision on what to do with the remains of Mr Kim, but did not say what it was.

Health Minister Dr S. Subramaniam said discussions were ongoing with various parties, including Malaysia's Foreign Minister, the Prime Minister's department and North Korea over the matter.

"The announcement could even come as early as today," he told reporters on Sunday after attending an event in Bangi, Selangor, as quoted by the New Straits Times website.

Dr Subramaniam said whatever the decision may be, the investigation into the murder will continue.