Police keeping US$100,000 cash found in Jong Nam’s bag


SHAH ALAM: The investigating officer in the Kim Jong Nam’s murder case told the High Court today that Sepang police are still keeping more than US100,000 (RM421,500) in cash that belongs to Jong Nam.

ASP Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Azmi said they found the cash in his bag after his death.

“Yes, I found it in his bag,” he told deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharudin Wan Ladin during the trial today.

He was responding to a question on the money.

Azirul said the money is still kept in the safe of the Sepang district police chief.

He also said he was not aware of the reason why the Selangor police told him to hand over Jong Nam’s belongings to the North Korean embassy.

“I was instructed by the Selangor police’s Criminal Investigation Department to return to the North Korean embassy the deceased’s personal belongings after they had been analysed by the Chemistry Department,” Azirul said.

It was reported in June that Jong Nam was believed to have had US$120,000 in his possession when he died.

After Jong Nam’s death, Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun had claimed he may have been paid for information.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong are standing trial on a charge of murdering the estranged half-brother of North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un on Feb 13.

Jong Nam, the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, arrived in Malaysia on Feb 6, and was at the klia2 to board a 9am flight to Macau on the day he was killed.

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

During the opening statement last week, the prosecution said it would prove that the two women approached Jong Nam at the airport’s departure hall and sprayed VX nerve agent on his eyes and face.

Prosecutors told the court the actions of Siti Aisyah and Doan showed they both intended to cause Jong Nam’s death.

The trial continues tomorrow before Justice Azmi Ariffin.

Azirul will be continuing his testimony and the prosecution will be calling DNA analyst Nor Aidora Saeson as their 10th witness.