JONG-NAM CASE MOVED TO HIGH COURT

No date set for men­tion of case at Shah Alam High Court

New Straits Times - - News - KHAIRAH N. KARIM

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TWO women ac­cused of mur­der­ing North Korean Kim Chol, who was later iden­ti­fied to be Kim Jong-nam, will stand trial at the Shah Alam High Court.

Ses­sions Court judge Harith Sham Mo­hamed Yasin, who sat as the mag­is­trate, made an or­der for the case to be trans­ferred to the higher court af­ter al­low­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion by the pros­e­cu­tion led by deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Muham­mad Iskan­dar Ah­mad.

How­ever, no date was set for men­tion of the case at the High Court.

The ac­cused, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Viet­namese Doan Thi Huong, 28, were ac­com­pa­nied by armed es­corts as they ar­rived at the Sepang Court Com­plex about 9am yes­ter­day.

The duo, who were clad in the same clothes that they wore at an ear­lier court pro­ceed­ing, smiled at their em­bassy rep­re­sen­ta­tives as they were taken to the dock.

Dur­ing the pro­ceed­ing, coun­sel Gooi Soon Seng, who ap­peared for Siti Aisyah, said the de­fence team had yet to re­ceive any of the ma­te­ri­als that they re­quested in prepa­ra­tion for the trial.

Gooi told the court that the ma­te­ri­als they re­quested in­cluded a closed-cir­cuit TV cam­era footage of pranks be­ing played at the air­port sev­eral days prior to the mur­der.

“The ma­te­ri­als must be sup­plied to the de­fence at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity or at the pre­trial stage, and not at the 11th hour,” he said.

Re­ply­ing to the coun­sel’s com­plaint, Iskan­dar, who is also Se­lan­gor pros­e­cu­tion direc­tor, said all the doc­u­ments would be handed over once they had been com­piled.

“The proper trial for this case is at the High Court. I un­der­take to sup­ply ev­ery­thing in bulk.

“We have re­ceived ev­ery­thing... let us com­pile it nicely be­fore hand­ing it over to the de­fence,” he said, adding that the ma­te­ri­als would be handed over to the de­fence be­fore the trial or within three months.

Lawyer Datuk Jagjit Singh, who was ap­pointed by the North Korean em­bassy to hold a watch­ing brief for the high-pro­file trial, was present at the pro­ceed­ing.

He told the that his role was to ad­vise the em­bassy on their rights un­der Malaysian law and the Malaysian ju­di­ciary.

“I was first ap­pointed on March 3 when a North Korean cit­i­zen, Ri Jong Chol, was de­tained for 14 days in re­gards to the case,” he said.

“Af­ter that, I ad­vised the em­bassy on what they can do and what they can’t. That is all.”

Siti Aisyah and Doan are charged, with four oth­ers still at large, with mur­der­ing Jong-nam, the 45-year-old es­tranged half­brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The duo al­legedly com­mit­ted the offence at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port 2 de­par­ture hall around 9am on Feb 13.

The charge un­der Sec­tion 302 of the Pe­nal Code car­ries a manda­tory death sen­tence upon con­vic­tion.

Jong-nam died on Feb 13 af­ter be­ing al­legedly poi­soned by the two women, said to be work­ing for North Korean agents.

MOHD YUSNI ARIFFIN PIX BY

Doan Thi Huong (face cov­ered) be­ing es­corted by police at the Sepang Court Com­plex yes­ter­day.

Police of­fi­cers es­cort­ing Siti Aisyah (head bowed) to the Sepang Court Com­plex yes­ter­day.

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