Kim Chol mur­der trial: Cop iden­ti­fies four men

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SHAH ALAM: A po­lice of­fi­cer yes­ter­day dis­closed the iden­tity of four men al­legedly in­volved in the mur­der in Fe­bru­ary of Kim Chol or Kim Jong-nam, the brother of North Korea’s leader.

Sepang/ KLIA District Po­lice Head­quar­ters in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer ( IO) ASP Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz said based on in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the four men were Mr Chang, James, Mr Y and Hanamori who was also ad­dressed as ‘grandpa’ or ‘un­cle’.

“I ob­tained the names from the two ac­cused Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Based on the closed- cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­era ( CCTV) record­ings, the man wear­ing the black shirt who was walk­ing with Doan is ‘Mr Y’.

“In this case, Mr Y was the one who wiped liq­uid on Doan’s hand be­sides buy­ing the ticket for Siti Aisyah, while Mr Chang who is wear­ing a black hat met with Siti Aisyah at the Bibik Her­itage res­tau­rant and was the one who wiped liq­uid on her hand.”

To deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor ( DPP) Wan Sha­harud­din Wan Ladin’s ques­tion dur­ing ex­am­i­na­tion in- chief, he replied that Hanamori was the in­di­vid­ual who gave in­struc­tions to Mr Y while James was the one who re­cruited Siti Aisyah.

Wan Azirul Nizam who was the ninth pros­e­cu­tion wit­ness told the court that Kim Chol’s pass­port was seized to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions and a copy of it made be­fore be­ing re­turned to the North Korean em­bassy here.

At this junc­ture, Siti Aisyah’s coun­sel Gooi Soon Seng ob­jected to the ten­der­ing of the copy as an ex­hibit, sub­mit­ting that the Ev­i­dence Act 1950 pro­vided for a pass­port copy to be cer­ti­fied be­fore be­ing ad­mit­ted as ev­i­dence by the court. He said the copy could not be com­pared with the orig­i­nal doc­u­ment that was sent to the em­bassy.

Doan’s coun­sel Salim Basheer in­ter­jected that the pros­e­cu­tion could only sub­mit a sec­ondary doc­u­ment if the orig­i­nal had been de­stroyed or lost.

Wan Sha­harud­din coun­tered that the pros­e­cu­tion had sub­mit­ted the doc­u­ment as sec­ondary ev­i­dence un­der Sec­tion 63 of the Ev­i­dence Act.

“The pass­port was un­der the con­trol of the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer and he him­self made the copy. This is not about a miss­ing doc­u­ment,” said DPP.

Jus­tice Datuk Azmi Arif­fin said he would make a de­ci­sion on the is­sue later; in the mean­time, the pass­port was not ten­dered as an ex­hibit.

Depart­ment of Chem­istry Malaysia, Foren­sic DNA Unit head Nor Ai­dora Sae­don said there was no DNA on the scarf that Siti Aisyah had worn.

“It had ei­ther dis­in­te­grated or un­der­gone degra­da­tion due to a num­ber of fac­tors, among them, ex­treme hu­mid­ity.

DNA could be de­stroyed by high tem­per­a­ture and thirdly, the ma­te­rial had been ex­posed to chem­i­cals that could cause the DNA to dis­in­te­grate,” she said.

The 10th wit­ness also said the DNA anal­y­sis found one pro­file of a wo­man ob­tained from blood traces on a san­i­tary towel, which matched the DNA pro­file on the sweater la­beled ‘Doan’.

The trial has been ad­journed to Oct 24. — Ber­nama

Two of the men are es­corted away fol­low­ing the sen­tenc­ing.

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