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Jong Nam trial: Botak Chin’s lawyer to hold watching brief

 | May 30, 2017

Jagjit Singh, 75, says he earlier helped three North Korean suspects in the Kim Jong Nam murder case return to their home country.

kim-jong-nam_korea_nouth_new_600PETALING JAYA: The lawyer of infamous criminal Wong Swee Chin, also known as Botak Chin, has been appointed by the North Korean embassy to hold a watching brief in the Kim Jong Nam murder trial.

According to news portal Malaysiakini, Jagjit Singh, 75, was appointed by the North Koreans on March 2, shortly after Jong Nam, the half-brother of their leader Kim Jong Un, was murdered at klia2 from what is believed to be the administration of the VX nerve agent directly on his skin.

Speaking to reporters after the case was re-mentioned and transferred to the High Court in Shah Alam today, Jagjit said he had earlier also helped three North Korean suspects in the murder case return to their home country.

“We worked behind the scenes, negotiated with the government for them to send the three back,” Malaysiakini reported him as saying.

The three suspects were chemist Ri Jong Chol, Air Koryo staff Kim Uk Il, and North Korean embassy second secretary Hyong Kwan Song.

The lawyer said he was tasked to protect the embassy’s interests, and to report to the North Korean authorities what transpired in court.

Siti Aisyah, along with Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, has been charged with murdering Jong Nam on Feb 13.

They appeared in the Sepang Magistrates’ Court today for a re-mention, where their case was transferred to the Shah Alam High Court.

Jong Nam arrived in Malaysia on Feb 6, and was scheduled to board a 9am flight to Macau on Feb 13, when he was approached by a woman who sprayed him with a liquid, while another held a cloth over his face.

Jong Nam died on the way to Putrajaya Hospital.


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