Report: Grandson of N. Korean Leader Denied Hong Kong Study Visa

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A leading Hong Kong newspaper says the grandson of North Korean leader Kim Jong IL has been denied a visa to study in the city.

The English-language South China Morning Post said 16-year-old Kim Han-sol had been accepted by the international United World College in Hong Kong, but that his visa bid was rejected by the city's immigration department despite several requests. Thursday's report said the youth has instead enrolled at another United World College facility in the Bosnian city of Mostar.

Hong Kong immigration authorities refused direct comment on the report. But they acknowledged that entry visas for study do not apply to nationals from certain countries, including North Korea, and said such applications are considered on an individual basis.

The report identified the youth's father as Kim Jong-nam, the one-time heir-apparent to Kim Jong IL. The son is thought to have fallen out of favor with the North Korean leader about a decade ago.

The newspaper said Kim Jong-nam and his son have lived in Macau in recent years.