Doan, Siti Aisyah avoided contact after touching Jong Nam’s face

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SHAH ALAM: CCTV camera recordings at klia2 showed the two women accused of the murder of Kim Jong Nam trying to avoid contact after touching the Korean, a police investigator told the High Court here today.

ASP Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz of the Sepang district police criminal investigation department said the videos also showed the accused, Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, protecting their hands by raising them.

“After she (Doan) made the attack, she hurriedly left the area of the incident and the movements of her hands indicated she was uneasy.

“In one instance when she lowered her hands, she tried to keep them from touching her shirt sleeves. In another instance, she lifted up her hands sideways,” he said in testifying at the High Court in Shah Alam.

In a previous testimony, chemist Dr Raja Subramaniam told the court that the shirt Doan wore, with the letters “LOL”, was stained with VX nerve agent, particularly on the sleeves and on her finger nails.

Based on the CCTV videos, Wan Azirul said he concluded that Doan and Siti Aisyah looked tense and sought to get out from klia2 in a hurry.

“The assault took place at the self-check-in counter, after which Doan and Siti were seen leaving the area on Level 3 heading to the toilet on Level 2,” he said.

He said the videos showed Siti Aisyah sprinkling water on her hands while descending the escalator from Level 3 to Level 2, and she did not hold on to the railing on her left or right.

Wan Azirul said the behaviour of the two women showed a change when they came out of the toilet.

“Doan’s hand movements had returned to normal although she was still hurrying. From the toilet, she headed to the taxi stand.

“After emerging from the toilet, Siti took out a scarf from her sling bag and placed it on her shoulder,” he said.

Earlier, Wan Azirul told the court that CCTV videos showed Doan had bought a taxi ticket at 6.59am, while Siti Aisyah met a man at a restaurant near the klia2 departure hall at 8.14am and she was handed a taxi ticket.

Yesterday, he testified that Doan was captured on CCTV wiping a liquid on the face of an airport visitor two days before the murder.

According to him, Doan was seen in the video approaching the visitor from behind and, after smearing the liquid on his face, she bowed her head and clasped her hands in an apparent gesture of apology.

She then took a few steps backwards before leaving the spot.

When the videos were played in the courtroom, the two accused appeared calm.

Deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin suggested that the judge, the prosecutors and the defence lawyers visit klia2 to see for themselves the layout as shown in the videos.

Judge Azmi Ariffin and the defence legal teams agreed to the suggestion. “A lot of the CCTV recordings had been cut, making them disjointed. I also want to look at the actual situation there (klia2),” said Azmi.

Met by reporters outside the courtroom, Doan’s counsel Naran Singh said his client needed to be taken to klia2 to clear up certain matters.

Siti Aishah and Doan have claimed trial to the murder charge made under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the mandatory death sentence on conviction.

They are accused of murdering Jong Nam at 9am on Feb 13 as he was preparing to board a plane for Macau.

The killing of Jong Nam, the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and the estranged half-brother of current North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un, sparked a diplomatic row between Malaysia and North Korea.