Jong-nam trial: Defendants arrive at Chemistry Dept for closed-door proceedings

10-Oct-2017 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Two women accused of murdering North Korean Kim Jong-nam arrived at the Department of Chemistry this morning as part of their trial proceedings. The duo, clad in baju kurung and bullet-proof vests, arrived in separate police cars escorted by eight police patrol cars. The heavily-armed police entourage entered the Department’s compound at about 9am via its back ingress for security reasons. About 30 members of the local and foreign media were on hand, with some of them having staked out the site from as early as 7.30am. However, none of them or members of the public was allowed to enter the closed-door proceedings, which are scheduled to start at 10am. Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong are accused of rubbing the toxic nerve agent ‘VX’ in Jong-nam’s face at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) eight months ago. Their trial is now into its second week. On March 1, the duo was charged at the Sepang magistrate’s court — along with four others who are still at large — with murdering 45-year-old “Kim Chol”, who was later established to be Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The duo allegedly committed the offence at the departure hall of klia2 at around 9am on February 13. Their charge, under Section 302 of the Penal Code, carries a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.


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