Defence in Jong Nam murder trial say yet to receive video

jongnam-killer-cctvSEPANG: Lawyers for the two women accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam told the Magistrate’s Court here today that they had yet to receive relevant documents and CCTV footage to prepare their defence.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, appeared in court today wearing bullet-proof vests and escorted by Special Task Force On Organised Crime (Stafoc) personnel wearing black masks and uniforms.

They are charged with murdering the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the low-cost carrier airport, klia2, here on Feb 13.

Siti Aisyah’s lawyer, Gooi Soon Seng, said they were not satisfied as the prosecutors had until now failed to provide any information regarding the murder investigation.

“We are not satisfied with the investigation into this case. We made several requests for information from the police and asked to meet our clients, but we were refused.

“We asked for CCTV footage, including from the public CCTV. We also asked for information and statements from our clients,” Gooi said, adding that the lawyers had only been allowed to meet with their clients following their appearance in court, and that too for just 45 minutes.

“We lost valuable time,” he said in court today.

Doan Thi Huong’s lawyer Naran Singh likewise questioned the police’s inaction in providing the additional information.

“Until now, we have not received the investigation papers on the four North Korean citizens,” he said referring to the four men wanted by police, who have also gotten Interpol to issue a red notice for their arrest.

Meanwhile, prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad acknowledged there had been several requests from the lawyers that could not be fulfilled.

However, he said his team had been unaware of the requests as they had been made to the police.

“We didn’t know what their requests were as they were made to the police and not to us.”

He added that the investigation papers could not be provided as they were not public documents.

“We have handed over several documents, but they are still incomplete,” he said, without providing any further details.