Jong Nam murder trial: Tears as Siti Aisyah ‘feels the stress’

Indonesian acting ambassador Andreano Erwin during the case mention of Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong at the Shah Alam High Court today.
Indonesian acting ambassador Andreano Erwin says Siti Aisyah (left) was feeling the stress of knowing that her murder trial would continue for months.

SHAH ALAM: Indonesian Siti Aisyah, who is standing trial for the murder of Kim Jong Nam, broke into tears after her case mention ended at the High Court here today.

Indonesian acting ambassador Andreano Erwin, who was with her, told reporters that Siti was feeling the stress of knowing that her murder trial would continue for months, and that she must remain in detention pending the disposal of her trial.

“She has been detained for over three months, and now she has to go through a long trial in the coming months.

“I think she felt that she does not know what may happen during the course of the hearing,” he said when approached by reporters at the High Court here.

Andreano added that anyone who was in an uncertain situation like Siti would feel the pressure.

Siti and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong are accused of murdering Jong Nam on Feb 13 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2).

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 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.

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

High Court judge Justice Azmi Ariffin, who is hearing the murder case, fixed a total of 23 days in October and November for trial.

The prosecution will be calling 30 to 40 witnesses during the trial.

Andreano said the embassy was facilitating communication between Siti and her parents, who are in Indonesia.

“So far, she has not made any special requests to us except for the last time that she sent a letter to her family,” he said, when asked if Siti had requested for anything from embassy officials.

He said after sending her letter, the Indonesian embassy arranged for a phone call with her family in Kajang Prison where she is being detained.

In a previous letter to her family, Siti had told them not to worry about her case here.

“Pray for me. This case will be over soon and I can come home,” she had said.