Jong Nam murder accused tells parents not to worry


SEPANG: “Don’t worry. Pray for me. This case will be over soon and I can come home.”

This was Siti Aisyah’s message to her worried parents in Indonesia. The Indonesian is one of two women charged with killing Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In a letter she penned, and read out by an Indonesian embassy official outside the Sepang Magistrates’ Court, the 25-year old also revealed that she was healthy and that many people were helping her out.

Siti Aisyah said her parents – who work as farmers in their hometown of Serang, about 100km west of Jakarta – need not come to Malaysia to see her. She said they should not “think about her too much”.

“Send my regards to Rio” she said, referring to her son.

Siti Aisyah, along with Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, has been charged with murdering Jong Nam at klia2 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, the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, arrived in Malaysia on Feb 6, and was scheduled to board a 9am flight to Macau on Monday.

While at the klia2, he was approached by a woman who sprayed him with a liquid, while another woman held a cloth over his face.

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

Siti and Doan appeared in court today, seemingly in good spirits.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that the duo were again donning bullet proof vests when they arrived in court, under heavy police presence.