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Jong Nam murder: Cop testifies about 4 wanted N Koreans

 | October 12, 2017

Investigating officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz says both the accused had revealed the roles the 4 men played leading up to the alleged murder.

jongnamSHAH ALAM: The investigating officer in the Kim Jong Nam murder case told the High Court today about the four North Korean men who are still at large, and the part they allegedly played in his death.

Police officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz told the court that based on the evidence provided by the two accused – Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong – the names of the four men are “Mr Chang”, “James”, “Mr Y” and “Hanamori”.

“‘Mr Y’ was responsible for applying the liquid on the second accused’s (Doan) palms and also responsible for giving the first accused (Siti Aisyah) a taxi ticket,” he said to a question from deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin.

The liquid that the policeman referred to is believed to be the VX nerve agent.

Azirul added that “Chang” had applied the liquid on Siti Aisyah’s palms.

He testified that “James” was the person who had recruited Siti Aisyah while “Hanamori”, who is also known as “grandpa” or “uncle”, was the one who gave instructions to “Mr Y”.

Previously, police identified four North Korean suspects involved in Jong Nam’s death: Ri Ji Hyon, 33; Hong Song Hac, 34; O Joong Gil, 55; and Ri Jae Nam, 57.

They fled Malaysia within hours of the attack. They are believed to have returned to Pyongyang via Dubai and Vladivostok.

Former inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said in February that police had sought Interpol’s help to arrest the suspects.

Siti Aisyah and Doan are standing trial for a charge of murdering the estranged half-brother of North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un on Feb 13.

Jong Nam, the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, arrived in Malaysia on Feb 6, and was at klia2 to board a 9am flight to Macau on the day he was killed.

He died on the way to Putrajaya Hospital, sparking a diplomatic row between Putrajaya and Pyongyang.

During the opening statement last week, the prosecution said it would prove that the two women approached Jong Nam at the airport’s departure hall and sprayed VX nerve agent on his eyes and face.

Prosecutors told the court the actions of Siti Aisyah and Doan showed that they intended to cause Jong Nam’s death.


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