Women charged with mur­der­ing Jong­nam, to­gether with four men still at large

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“INO guilty.”

Those were the words of two women — In­done­sian

Siti Aisyah, 25, and Viet­namese Doan Thi Huong, 29 — who were charged yes­ter­day at the Sepang mag­is­trate’s court with the mur­der of “Kim Chol” more than two weeks ago.

The pe­tite-look­ing women were charged sep­a­rately with mur­der­ing the North Korean, to­gether with four men still at large, at the de­par­ture hall of klia2 at 9am on Feb 13.

Kim Chol is said to be an alias for Kim Jong-nam, the elder half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Doan could speak in English halt­ingly although she had a Viet­namese in­ter­preter, while Siti Aisyah had to rely to­tally on her In­done­sian trans­la­tor. Siti Aisyah was charged first, fol­lowed by Doan.

Both women un­der­stood the charge and were keen to plead their in­no­cence, but with a mur­der charge un­der Sec­tion 302 of the Pe­nal Code, no plea will be recorded, pend­ing the case be­ing trans­ferred to the High


This was re­layed to them by Ses­sions Court judge Harith Sham Mo­hamed Yasin, who sat as mag­is­trate.

Deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Muham­mad Iskan­dar Ah­mad, who is pros­e­cu­tion di­rec­tor for Se­lan­gor, was the lead pros­e­cu­tor in the case. He was as­sisted by Mohd Fariz Jo­hari and Mo­hamad Mustaffa P. Kun­yalam.

Siti Aisyah, who was in a red Tshirt and jeans and had bur­gundy hair, was rep­re­sented by five coun­sel, led by Gooi Soon Seng. The oth­ers were S. Selvi, zura Alias, Loke Kok Mun and Wong Kah Hung. Doan was rep­re­sented by Sel­vam Shan­mugam.

Doan, who has shoul­der-length brown hair, wore a yel­low top and jeans. Iskan­dar asked the court for a longer men­tion date, about one-and­half months, to trans­fer the case to the Shah Alam High Court, pend­ing the post-mortem, chemist and DNA re­ports.

Gooi ap­plied to the court to im­pose a gag or­der to re­strain the po­lice and po­ten­tial wit­nesses from mak­ing pub­lic state­ments that might tend to in­crim­i­nate Siti Aisyah or com­pro­mise her de­fence.

“This is to en­sure that her right to a fair trial is not com­pro­mised in any man­ner,” Gooi said.

Harith al­lowed Gooi’s ap­pli­ca­tion for a gag or­der.

The case was fixed for men­tion on April 13.

Jong-nam was killed by the VX nerve agent, which is clas­si­fied by the United Na­tions as a weapon of mass de­struc­tion.


Siti Aisyah (left) and Doan Thi Huong at the mag­is­trate’s court.

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