SHAH ALAM De­fence phase post­poned in­def­i­nitely in Kim Jong Nam mur­der trial

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus -

The de­fence phase of the trial of two women ac­cused of mur­der­ing Kim Jong Nam, the es­tranged half-brother of North Ko­rea’s leader, that was slated to be­gin on Jan­uary 7 has been post­poned in­def­i­nitely, lawyers said De­cem­ber 21.

The de­fence pro­ceed­ing took a back­seat pend­ing ap­peal by one of the ac­cused, Siti Aisyah, 26, against the High Court’s dis­missal on De­cem­ber 18 of her re­quest that the pros­e­cu­tion be com­pelled to sup­ply the de­fence with state­ments given by seven wit­nesses to the po­lice.

The Court of Ap­peal has fixed Jan­uary 24 next year to hear Aisyah’s ap­peal, and both the pros­e­cu­tor and de­fence told re­porters they would file an ap­peal to the Fed­eral Court, the coun­try’s high­est court, if the de­ci­sion of the ap­pel­late court does not favour ei­ther side, thus likely fur­ther de­lay­ing the trial.

Aisyah from In­done­sia, is be­ing jointly tried with Doan Thi Huong, 30, from Viet­nam, for killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s pa­ter­nal half-brother by ap­ply­ing the deadly VX nerve agent on his face at Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s bud­get ter­mi­nal on Feb­ru­ary 13 last year.

Both are ac­cused of hav­ing a “com­mon in­ten­tion” with four North Kore­ans to mur­der Kim, but the four – Ri Ji Hyon, Ri Jae Nam, Hong Song Hac and O Jong Gil – fled Malaysia within hours of the in­ci­dent and are be­lieved to have re­turned to North Ko­rea. – Ky­odo

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