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Malaysia says N. Korean murder autopsy results might be ready Wednesday
February 20, 2017 / 4:35 AM / 10 months ago

Malaysia says N. Korean murder autopsy results might be ready Wednesday

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The autopsy results for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother, who was murdered last week in Kuala Lumpur, could be released as early as Wednesday, Malaysia’s health minister said on Monday.

A police officer looks on as a hospital staff walks past outside the morgue at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital where Kim Jong Nam's body is held for autopsy in Malaysia, February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

“We are talking about the normal period of time to complete most post mortem and give results, so on this basis, yes,” Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam told reporters in response to a question about when results would be released.

Malaysian authorities have given the victim Kim Jong Nam’s next of kin two weeks to come forward to help in the investigation.

North Korean officials have sought to prevent Malaysia from carrying out an autopsy on the victim and demanded the body be handed over directly.

Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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