KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia police officials have flown to Macau where they are expected to obtain within days an DNA sample from Mr Kim Jong Nam's son, Malaysia media reported, but the claim was on Thursday (Feb 23) dismissed by the police chief.
Citing sources, the Chinese-language China Press and Sin Chew dailies reported on Wednesday (Feb 22) that Mr Kim Han Sol, 21, had agreed to provide a DNA sample to Malaysia police investigating the sensational assassination of Kim Jong Nam, in an arrangement facilitated by Interpol.
Sin Chew said three of Malaysia's Interpol officers flew to Macau on Wednesday with Mr Kim Jong Nam's DNA sample, which would be analysed together with the sample provided by his son - who is afraid to fly to Malaysia for fear of his safety - at a local hospital.
Malaysia police were expected to get Mr Kim Han Sol's DNA sample within two days, the reports added. The sample would then be brought back to Malaysia for analysis at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital where Mr Kim Jong Nam's body lays, China Press said.
Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar refuted the reports on Thursday.
"We have not sent any team to retrieve any DNA samples. We have not received any samples as well," he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur police Chinese New Year open house.
Mr Kim Han Sol was said to have arrived in Kuala Lumpur earlier this week but Malaysian authorities have since said he has yet to come forward.
The media reports on Wednesday said after the DNA verification results are out, the police would consult Mr Kim Jong Nam's family on the next step, including on the handling of his body.