PETALING JAYA: The case involving the murder of Kim Jong Nam will be moved from the Shah Alam High Court to the Kajang Women’s Prison for case management due to security concerns.
The change in venue was announced today through a letter signed by Shah Alam High Court deputy registrar Mohamad Nasrudin Mohamed, The Star reported.
The case was initially fixed for case management this Friday at the High Court, the only court which can hear offences that carry the death penalty.
This was after Sessions Court judge Harith Sham on May 30 allowed deputy public prosecutor Iskandar Ahmad’s application under Section 177A of the Criminal Procedure Code to have the case tried at the High Court instead of the Sepang Magistrate’s Court.
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.
They face the death penalty if found guilty under Section 302 of the Penal Code.
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 klia2, he was approached by a woman who sprayed him with a liquid, while another woman held a cloth over his face.
He died on the way to Putrajaya Hospital, sparking a diplomatic row between Putrajaya and Pyongyang.
The chemical substance used to kill Jong Nam was a VX nerve agent, an internationally-banned chemical weapon that can kill within minutes, according to a preliminary report by the Chemistry Department of Malaysia.