Tuesday, October 15

Kim Jong-nam murder trial: March 11 for defence trial

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SHAH ALAM: The High Court here yesterday set 24 days beginning March 11 for the two foreign women accused of murdering Kim Chol or Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, to enter their defence.

Judge Datuk Azmi Ariffin set the dates in chambers after meeting the prosecution and defence when the case came up for mention today.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong were charged with four others still at large with the murder of Kim Chol, 45, at the klia2 departure hall at 9 am on Feb 13, 2017. They face the mandatory death sentence under Section 302 of the Penal Code, if found guilty.

Met by reporters later, lawyer Gooi Soon Seng, representing Siti Aishah, 26, said the court also set July 29, 30 and 31 for the prosecution and defence to submit their written submission.

Meanwhile, lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, representing Doan Thi Huong, 29, said he would call five or six witnesses, including foreigners.

“Doan will testify from the dock for a week from March 11, while Siti Aisyah on May 27,” he added.

On Aug 16 last year, the High Court ordered Siti Aisyah and Doan to enter their defence on a charge of murdering Kim Chol.

Last Thursday, the prosecution was ordered to supply the cautioned statements made by witnesses to the defence. This followed a decision by a three-men bench Court of Appeal, chaired by Justice Datuk Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid, in allowing an appeal by Siti Aisyah’s lawyer.

The defence filed the application on Nov 7, 2018, seeking the witness statements by Ahmad Fuad Ramli, Lim Cheng Gam, Tomie Yoshio, Ng Wai Hoong, Dessy Meyrisinta, Raisa Rinda Salma and Kamaruddin Masiod. — Bernama