KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 8 – A video has emerged in which a man claims to be Kim Han Sol, son of the murdered North Korean believed to be Kim Jong Nam. The video titled KHS Video was uploaded on the YouTube page of a group called Cheollima Civil Defense on Tuesday (Mar 7) which contacted Channel NewsAsia after posting it.
“My name is Kim Han Sol, from North Korea, part of the Kim family,” the man says in the video. My father has been killed a few days ago. I’m currently with my mother and my sister. We are very grateful to …,” he says, before the audio cuts off. He signs off by saying: “We hope this gets better soon.”
In the 40-second video, the man shows his passport as proof of his identity, but his particulars are blacked out. Channel NewsAsia has confirmed with Do Hee Youn, an activist with the Citizens Coalition for Human Rights of Abductees and North Korean Refugees, that the man in the video is Kim Han Sol.
The video was also posted on the group’s website where it said it was protecting the Kim Jong Nam family. “Cheollima Civil Defense responded last month to an emergency request by survivors of the family of Kim Jong Nam for extraction and protection. The three family members were met quickly and relocated to safety,” the statement on the group’s website said.
“We have in the past addressed other urgent needs for protection. This will be the first and last statement on this particular matter, and the present whereabouts of this family will not be addressed.” The group also thanked countries which it claimed helped it provide protection for the Kim Jong Nam family.
“We publicly express our gratitude for the emergency humanitarian assistance afforded to us in protecting this family by the governments of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the People’s Republic of China, the United States of America, and a fourth government to remain unnamed.”
When contacted by Channel NewsAsia, Malaysia’s police chief said he has not heard of the group. Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar would not comment when asked if the police were already in touch with Kim Jong Nam’s family, but said they have their “own means of contacting the family”.