Tattoos can’t be evidence to identify Jong Nam, says IGP

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KUALA LUMPUR: Patterns or permanent markings on the body like tattoos cannot be considered as evidence to confirm the identity of North Korean Kim Chol, who was murdered on Feb 13, says Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.

“Cannot.” This was Khalid’s brief reply when asked to comment on news reports in a local newspaper which suggested that the identity of Kim Chol, who has been widely reported to be Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, could be determined by tattoos on his body.

When contacted by Bernama, Khalid, in a WhatsApp message today, refused to comment about permanent markings or tattoos on Kim Chol’s body.

According to media reports, there were tattoos on Jong Nam’s stomach depicting the image of a man with two Japanese carp fishes while on his left arm was the image of Jong Nam taken in 2013 in a hotel in Singapore.

Kim Chol, carrying a passport (numbered 836410070), born in Pyongyang on June 10, 1970 was reported to have entered Malaysia on Feb 6.

On Feb 13, Jong Nam was at the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) to board a flight to Macau when two women accosted him and smeared his face with what was later identified as VX nerve agent.

He was rushed to the Putrajaya Hospital, but died on the way.