Jong Nam murder case transferred to High Court

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SEPANG: The case involving the murder of Kim Jong Nam has been transferred from the Sepang Magistrates’ Court to the Shah Alam High Court.

Sessions Court judge Harith Sham, sitting as a magistrate, allowed deputy public prosecutor Iskandar Ahmad’s application under Section 177A of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) to have the case tried at the High Court.

Only the High Court can hear offences that carry the death penalty.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong were charged with murdering Jong Nam – the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – at klia2 on Feb 13.

During today’s re-mention, the duo’s lawyers Gooi Soon Seng, Naran Singh, and Hisyam Teh Poh Teik reiterated their complaints that the police and the public prosecutor’s office had not provided relevant documents and CCTV recordings to the defence.

“This will deprive both women of a fair trial because they cannot prepare their defence,” Gooi said.

sitiasha1But Iskandar reassured the lawyers that the Attorney-General’s Chambers would pass the relevant documents to them.

“We are duty bound to do so under Section 51A of the CPC to give trial documents before the start of the trial.

“However the murder trial will only be held at the High Court and no dates have been fixed by the court’s deputy registrar yet,” he said.

During the last mention on April 13, both Gooi and Naran also complained that they had not received relevant documents and the CCTV footages to prepare their case.

Jong Nam, who is 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 Feb 13.

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.