21 Feb 2017

Wisma Putra: N Korea's claims deeply insulting

Wisma Putra has lambasted North Korean ambassador Kang Chol for making allegations based on "lies and half-truths" against Malaysia about investigations into the death of Kim Jong-nam at KLIA2 last week.
"These allegations, culled from delusions, lies and half-truths, are the basis from which the ambassador concluded that 'there could be someone else’s hand behind the investigation', and that the 'investigation by the Malaysian police is not for the clarification of the cause of the death and search of the suspect, but it is out of the political aim'.
"When the ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Feb 20, it was emphasised by the deputy secretary-general for bilateral affairs that the police investigation has been done impartially without fear or favour. It was also conducted in compliance with Malaysian laws and regulations.
"Any suggestion to the contrary is deeply insulting to Malaysia, as is the suggestion that Malaysia is in collusion with any foreign government," Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said in a statement.
Kang (right)in a statement read at the North Korean embassy today expressed Pyongyang's distrust over the investigations carried out by the Malaysian police.

"It has been seven days since the incident, but there is no clear evidence on the cause of death and at the moment, we cannot trust the investigations by the Malaysian police even though, it would be obtained.
"It only increases the doubts that there could be someone else's hand behind the investigations," he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.
Anifah added that it is normal for any "civilised nation" to thoroughly investigate such cases before making conclusions.
He said this is also the reason why some information has been made public.
"It is also customary for embassies to cooperate fully with the host government in order to ensure that the investigation is as thorough as possible, and not to impugn the credibility of the investigation," Anifah added.
Jong-nam, who has a different mother from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was allegedly murdered at the departure terminal of KLIA2 on Feb 13.
Leaked CCTV footage suggests the attack may have taken mere seconds.
Police have thus far arrested a Vietnamese woman, an Indonesian woman, a Malaysian man and a North Korean man in connection with the murder. They were seeking four more North Korean suspects in relation to the killing.
The cops urged Jong-nam's next-of-kin to come forward and identify the body latest by Feb 27.

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