Cops detain KBS cameraman covering Jong Nam case


KUALA LUMPUR: In a momentary distraction early this morning, police singled out a cameraman from among the media camped near the National Institute of Forensic Medicine (IPFN), Kuala Lumpur Hospital where the body of Kim Jong Nam is being held.

The cameraman from the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) was approached by Dang Wangi District Criminal Investigation Department chief DSP M Gunalan after four police vehicles and a Special Task Force On Organised Crime (Stafoc) team arrived at 1.40am.

Also seen was Dang Wangi District Police chief ACP Mohd Sukri Kaman.

The cameraman was believed to have aroused suspicion for hanging around at the IPFN.

However, a KBS spokesman said the cameraman was detained after he was found without an identification document and passport.

“Police released him half an hour later after we brought and showed them his documents,” he told reporters here today.

Meanwhile, Sukri told Bernama when contacted that Stafoc had not come to bring Jong Nam’s eldest son, Kim Han Sol, 21, who was expected to arrive at IPFN to identify the body and for DNA testing.

A large group of local and international media members were gathered at IPFN since 5pm yesterday in anticipation of Han Sol’s arrival, but so far he has not been seen.

According to news reports, Jong Nam was at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on Feb 13, awaiting a flight to Macau. The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was then approached by two women who covered his face with a piece of cloth, suspected to be laced with poison.

He asked for medical assistance at a klia2 service counter but died on the way to the hospital.