Malaysia official says Kim Jong Nam autopsy results likely by Wednesday

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Members of the Royal Malaysian Police man the main gate of the forensics wing of the Hospital Kuala Lumpur in Kuala Lumpur on February 18, 2017.

The autopsy results for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother, who was murdered last week in Kuala Lumpur, could be released as early as Wednesday, Malaysia's minister said on Monday.

"We are talking about the normal period of time to complete most post mortem and give results, so on this basis, yes," Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam told reporters in response to a question about when results would be released.

Malaysian authorities have given the victim Kim Jong Nam's next of kin two weeks to come forward to help in the investigation.

North Korean officials have sought to prevent Malaysia from carrying out an autopsy on the victim and demanded the body be handed over directly.

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