Jong Nam murder: Lawyers receive trial documents after 2-month wait

(From right to left) Lawyers Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, Salim Bashir, Naran Singh representing Vietnamese accused Doan Thi Huong speaking to reporters after attending the Kim Jong Nam murder case mention at the Kajang Prison today.

KAJANG: Lawyers for two women accused of killing Kim Jong Nam have received documents related to the murder trial from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) – after a two-month wait.

Naran Singh, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik and Salim Bashir, who represent Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, told reporters this after the case was mentioned before High Court deputy registrar Nasrudin Mohamed at the Kajang Women’s Prison here.

Naran said they were satisfied with the 44 documents that deputy public prosecutor Iskandar Ahmad had given them.

Deputy public prosecutor Iskandar Ahmad approached by reporters outside the Kajang Prison.

However, the lawyers said they were not given CCTV recordings related to the case, and expressed hope that the AGC would provide the remaining documents tomorrow.

Teh said the case would be mentioned again on July 28 at the Shah Alam High Court before justice Azmi Ariffin.

The case was initially fixed for mention at the High Court, but it was moved to the Kajang prison due to security concerns.

When approached outside the jail, deputy public prosecutor Iskandar confirmed that the documents had been provided.

Lawyer Gooi Soon Seng (middle), representing accused Indonesian Siti Aisyah, speaking to reporters after attending the Kim Jong Nam case mention at Kajang Prison today.

However, lawyer Gooi Soon Seng, who represents accused Siti Aisyah expressed dissatisfaction that not all the documents had been given.

“The AG’s Chambers told us that they need more time to burn the CCTV recordings.

“Why do they need so long to burn videos into CDs? You can do the job in a day,” he said.

During past case mentions at the Sepang Magistrates’ Court, the lawyers had complained that they had not been provided with the trial documents.

Gooi added that they had engaged experts from Denmark to look into the evidence, especially concerning the VX nerve agent, classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations.

He said the post-mortem report stated that Jong Nam had died of “VX nerve agent”.

Asked if Siti Aisyah had requested that her parents attend her trial later, Gooi said she had told him that she did not want them to come.

“She is well taken care of by the embassy and prison for now,” he said.

Teh said Doan, too, was fine and that she had informed the deputy registrar that she had no complaints about conditions in prison.

On March 1, Siti Aisyah and Doan were charged with murdering Jong Nam – the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – at klia2 on Feb 13.

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.

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

Several North Korean men – who had met the two women – fled the country the same day that Jong Nam was killed.