Four other sus­pects in killing of Kim Jong Nam named in court

Business World - - THE WORLD -

KUALA LUMPUR — Four sus­pects charged with two women ac­cused of killing the es­tranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader were iden­ti­fied for the first time in a Malaysian court on Thurs­day.

In­done­sian Siti Aisyah and Viet­namese na­tional Doan Thi Huong were charged in March along with four un­named oth­ers for the mur­der of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur in­ter­na­tional air­port on Feb. 13.

The four un­named sus­pects were only iden­ti­fied as Mr. Chang, Mr. Y, James, and Hanamori also known as “Grandpa” or “Un­cle,” in­ves­ti­gat­ing po­lice of­fi­cer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz told the court, cit­ing crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion find­ings.

Wan Azirul iden­ti­fied Mr. Y as a man seen in a video record­ing played in court. The man, wear­ing a black cap and car­ry­ing a black back­pack, was seen in the video walk­ing into the air­port with a woman who re­sem­bled Huong.

Huong and Siti Aisyah are ac­cused of mur­der­ing Kim Jong Nam by smear­ing his face with liq­uid VX, a chem­i­cal poi­son banned by the United Na­tions.

“Based on my in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Mr. Y was the per­son who ap­plied a liq­uid on the sec­ond ac­cused,” Wan Azirul said, re­fer­ring to Huong.

Mean­while, Mr. Chang was seen meet­ing with Siti Aisyah at a res­tau­rant at the air­port’s third-level de­par­ture hall in a sep­a­rate video screened in court, Wan Azirul said.

Hanamori had given in­struc­tions to Mr. Y, while James had “re­cruited” Siti Aisyah, Wan Azirul said, with­out elab­o­rat­ing.

He did not say whether the four sus­pects were North Kore­ans or whether they were the same four peo­ple who Malaysian po­lice said left Kuala Lumpur for Py­ongyang on the day of the killing.

Malaysia has is­sued an In­ter­pol red no­tice, the clos­est in­stru­ment to an in­ter­na­tional ar­rest war­rant, on the four who left, iden­ti­fied as North Kore­ans Ri Ji Hyon, Hong Song Hac, O Jong Gil, and Ri Jae Nam.

The trial will re­sume after a planned visit to the air­port on Oct. 24.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.