‘I NO GUILTY’, SAY BOTH ACCUSED
Women charged with murdering Jongnam, together with four men still at large
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.