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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Indonesian, Vietnamese charged with Jong-nam's murder



Two foreign women have been charged with the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, both understood the charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code, and that they face the death penalty if found guilty.
Although no plea was recorded, Siti Aisyah shook her head when her translator accidentally asked if she would plead guilty.
They were charged at the Sepang Magistrate's Court.
The charge sheet said there are four other accused currently at large.
Meanwhile Dong appeared to not understand the charge read out by her translator at first.
However when a court police officer stepped in to clarify the matter and asked in English whether she understood the charge, Dong replied: "I understand."
Dong's lawyer S Selvam Shamugam later told reporters that his client was innocent.
"Definitely she is innocent," Selvam said.
Siti Aisyah and Dong were charged separately.
They were not handcuffed. Siti Aisyah, who has red dyed hair, was wearing a red shirt, while Dong who has blonde hair was wearing a yellow t-shirt.
The women were wearing bullet-proofed vests when they were on the way to court but took them off in court later.
Lead prosecutor Muhammad Iskandar Ahmad told reporters later that he will apply for the two to be tried together.
Kim Jong-nam was murdered on Feb 13.
Siti Aisyah and Dong are said to have smeared a toxic substance on the victim's face at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2).
It was later established that the assailants had used VX nerve agent.
During the hearing earlier, the prosecution applied for the case to be mentioned again on April 13, to grant the prosecution time to gather all the case facts.

They also requested for the case to then be transferred to the Shah Alam High Court.
Magistrate Harith Sham Mohamed Yasin then adjourned the case until April 13.
Siti Aisyah was represented by five lawyers from Gooi and Azura who were appointed by the Indonesian embassy.
Also present in court was Indonesian acting ambassador Andreano Erwin, Indonesian head of consular affairs Yusron Ambari, as well as Vietnamese deputy chief of mission Ton Thi Ngoc Huong.
- Mkini

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