Malaysian authorities said on Friday that North Korean diplomats based in Kuala Lumpur had submitted an official request to gain custody of Kim Jong-nam's body back on Thursday, but it appears that their wish won't be granted as swiftly as initially expected.
State police chief Abdul Samah Mat told AFP news that the body will not be released until a family member comes forward and provides authorities with a DNA sample.
Malaysian officials also said that requests for custody cannot be satisfied until the results of the autopsy, which was completed on Wednesday over the objections of visiting North Korean diplomats, are finalized, which is expected to happen this coming weekend.
However, it appears that the diplomats are not the only ones seeking custody of the body.
Malaysian news outlet Free Malaysia Today reported on Thursday that Kim Jong-nam's second wife Lee Hye-kyung had also contacted Malaysian authorities -- with the help of the Chinese embassy in Malaysia -- to gain custody of Kim's body.
Experts predict that Malaysia will most likely adhere to North Korea's requests in order to keep bilateral diplomatic relations intact.
Kim Jung-soo, Arirang News.