Jong Nam murder trial: 30-40 witnesses expected to testify

kim-jong-nam_law_600_newSHAH ALAM: Between 30 and 40 witnesses are expected to testify at the High Court here in the trial of Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who are accused of killing Kim Jong Nam.

Deputy public prosecutor Iskandar Ahmad informed the court of this during case management today.

According to Iskandar, 10 of them will be expert witnesses, but he did not name them.

Justice Azmi Ariffin, who is hearing the murder case, also set the trial dates during the case management.

The trial will run from Oct 2 to 5, Oct 9 to 12, and Oct 24 to 26. It will resume the following month from Nov 6 to 9, Nov 13 to 16, and Nov 27 to 30.

The two women did not record pleas today. The court will only take their pleas on Oct 2, the first day of trial.

During the proceeding, Iskandar informed the court that 44 documents had been surrendered to the two women’s lawyers, including CCTV recordings.

Doan’s lawyers, Hisyam Teh and Naran Singh, requested witness statements from the prosecution’s expert witnesses.

However, Iskandar refused to furnish the statements and told the court that the experts would be taking the witness stand.

Both women arrived for their case this morning under tight security at the High Court.

On March 1, they were charged at the Sepang Magistrates’ Court with murdering Jong Nam – the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – at klia2 on Feb 13.

Jong Nam, who was the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, arrived in Malaysia on Feb 6, and was scheduled to board a 9 am 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.