Kim Jong-Un's assassinated half-brother met American before his death
Kim Jong-Un's assassinated half-brother met American before his death
Doan Thi Huong arrives for court hearing at Shah Alam court house
30 January, 2018, 08:18
According to the testimony of a Malaysian police official, Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, may have met with a US intelligence official shortly before his assassination last February. They pleaded not guilty to murder charges when their trial began October 2.
The issue of the meeting was raised by lawyer Gooi Soon Seng representing the accused from Indonesia, Siti Aisyah, 26, during cross examination in the trial of Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong, 29, who were charged, together with four men still at large, with murdering Kim Chol, 45, at the departure hall of the airport at 9am, Feb 13 previous year.
Chief police investigating officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz told the court Monday that Kim flew from Macau to Kuala Lumpur last February 6 and went to the northern island of Langkawi two days later.
At Monday's trial, defense lawyer Gooi Soon Seng questioned senior investigating police officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz about an article past year in the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, which had reported the meeting in Langkawi.
Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, second from left, is escorted by police as she leaves after a court hearing at Shah Alam court house in Shah Alam, Malaysia.
The forensics report, provided to reporters at the hearing, also showed some data had been accessed from a USB pendrive inserted into the laptop on the same day.
These details were revealed during questioning from the defense attorneys representing the two women charged with Kim's murder at the Kuala Lumpur airport.
"Until now, the identity of the man is not known", Wan Azirul told the court. Wan was unable to recall the name of the hotel in which the meeting took place, for instance, or the name of the American man who participated in it.
The trial is set to resume on Tuesday.
North Korea has simultaneously claimed to have had no involvement in the assassination, that Kim Jong Nam's death was caused by heart attack, and even that the man killed was not Kim Jong Nam at all, depending on which representative of Kim's regime is in front of a microphone. A police witness has testified that a vehicle used to take the North Korean suspects to the airport on the day of the murder belonged to the embassy.
The pair, who face death by hanging if convicted, have pleaded not guilty and said they were tricked into believing they were part of a prank reality TV show, with their lawyers blaming North Korean agents. Prosecutors contend the women knew they were handling poison. It is thought he could have been seen as a threat to the rule of his half brother, Kim Jong Un.
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