Jong Nam murder: Court sets May 30 for re-mention

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SEPANG: The high-profile murder case of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been set for re-mention on May 30.

Sessions Court Judge Harith Sham Mohamed Yasin allowed an application by Selangor prosecution director Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad to give the prosecution one and a half months to complete various documents.

Once the documents are completed, Iskandar said he would apply to transfer the case to the High Court.

On March 1, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, were charged along with four others still at large with murdering Kim Chol, 45, at the klia2 departure hall at around 9am on Feb 13. Kim Jong Nam had travelled with a passport bearing the name Kim Chol.

The duo were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code which provides for the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Their plea will be recorded when the case is mentioned at the High Court as capital punishment is under the jurisdiction of the higher court.

It was reported that Jong Nam was at klia2 to board a flight to Macau when the two women approached and suddenly wiped his face with toxic liquid that was later identified as a VX nerve agent.

Jong Nam died on the way to Putrajaya Hospital. He had come to Malaysia on Feb 6.