IGP denies police didn’t cooperate with suspects’ lawyers

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PUTRAJAYA: Police have denied claims it failed to provide information requested by lawyers of the two women accused of murdering North Korean Kim Jong Nam.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said his men would have cooperated if the lawyers had gone through the proper channels to request for information pertaining to the murder investigation of Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28.

“Have to ask them (the duo’s lawyers) if they made the requests officially or not. Did they use the proper channels?

“It’s impossible that we didn’t cooperate if they had made their requests through the right channels.

“We also want to remind that not all evidence can be handed over to the (defence) lawyers before the trial,” he told reporters here today.

Siti Aisyah’s lawyer Gooi Soon Seng told the Sepang Magistrate’s Court this morning that he was not satisfied with the investigation into the case as the prosecutors had failed to provide any information to the lawyers.

“We made several requests for information from the police and asked to meet our clients, but we were refused.

“We asked for the CCTV camera footage. We also asked for information and statements from our clients.”

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

Khalid, however, advised them not to make any allegation that could interfere with the further probe into Jong Nam’s Feb 13 murder.

He said police were not politicians and were only doing their job to investigate the case.

“Why do the lawyers want to make the accusations against us? What’s the connection?

“We are not politicians. We do not want to play politics; we just want to investigate Jong Nam’s murder.”

He also said police were still waiting for four North Korean suspects, who are currently in Pyongyang, to be brought to Malaysia for questioning.

“At the moment, there is no information from the North Koreans. We’ll wait for the North Koreans to arrest them (the four suspects). That’s what they should do. But, of course, they wouldn’t come here (willingly).

“It’s okay. We have their fingerprints; we will give them to Interpol. Wherever they go, if they ‘cross’ (the border), we will ‘ngap’ (arrest them).”

Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was allegedly attacked by Siti Aisyah and Doan, with a substance that a post-mortem later revealed as the VX nerve agent, a chemical weapon banned by the United Nations.

The incident happened while Jong Nam was waiting for a flight to Macau at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on Feb 13.

The duo were charged with murder and had appeared in court this morning wearing bullet-proof vests and escorted by Special Task Force On Organised Crime (Stafoc) personnel, wearing black masks and uniforms.

On March 16, an Interpol red notice was issued for the arrest of four North Korean suspects, Rhi Ji Hyon, 33, Hong Song Hac, 34, O Jong Gil, 55, and Ri Jae Nam, 57.

An Interpol red notice is effectively an international arrest warrant.

Interpol circulates notices to member countries listing persons who are wanted for extradition.

The four entered the country separately days before the incident and left for Jakarta from klia2 just after Jong Nam’s assassination.

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