KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — Japan has given Malaysia the fingerprint data of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother Kim Jong-nam to assist in investigations over the latter's murder here, a report citing sources close to the matter has said.
Japanese news agency Kyodo News also reported that the fingerprint data was taken from Jong-nam back in 2001 when the Japanese government detained him at the Narita International Airport for attempting to use a false passport to enter the country.
Jong-nam had then told the Japanese government that he wanted to visit the Tokyo Disneyland theme park.
According to Kyodo News, this is the first time Japan's assistance into the Malaysian police investigation into the murder was disclosed.
On Friday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar finally confirmed the man assassinated at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 on February 13 as being Jong-nam, but said he would not release details on how the identity was determined to ensure "the security of witnesses".
The Malaysian police previously did not identify the deceased as Jong-nam but had instead referred to the passport he was holding when he died, and had said DNA evidence was needed for conclusive proof of identity.
No kin of Jong-nam has been reported to have showed up in Malaysia to either provide DNA samples or to collect the body.
Jong-nam was carrying a North Korean passport with the name of Kim Chol when he was believed to have been smeared with the VX nerve agent by two women — who have both since been charged.
Jong-nam's wife and children are believed to have gone into hiding.