Defence counsel in the Jong-nam murder case suggests Investigative Officer leaked CCTV footages and evasive in his answers regarding Jong-nam’s meeting with an American in Langkawi days before he was killed.
Federal police today deny leaking closed-circuit television (CCTV) footages of the Kim Jong-nam murder to Japan’s Fuji TV, which aired it days after the incident took place on Feb 13 last year at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2.
During cross-examinations by defence counsel Gooi Soon Seng on the case’s Investigative Officer Asst Supt Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz, the lawyer suggested that the leak came from the police, namely from Azirul, who had controlled access to the copies of the security footages.
However, Azirul denied.
“I disagree, as the CCTV footages is my responsibility and was under strict control. The leak was only made known to me after I read about it in the news,” he said.
He added that no copies were made and passed on to his superiors, but the content of the recordings was shown for investigation purposes.
On Jan 23, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) also denied leaking the CCTV footages.
MAHB Security Officer G Shankar, who made copies of the footages, testified that they were protected with passwords. He also said that the footage quality that was aired in the media was very different.
Yesterday, the court was told that Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean’s leader Kim Jong-un, met a United States national at a hotel in Langkawi days before his sensational killing last February.
Jong-nam arrived in Malaysia on Feb 6 before going to Langkawi two days later, Azirul told the court.
However, the police officer was not able to confirm numerous details, saying he could not recall the name of the hotel where Jong-nam stayed and did not know the name of the American man seen meeting with the North Korean on Feb 9.
“Until today, the identity of the person being referred to could not be obtained,” Azirul said.
Gooi had questioned Azirul on a May 2017 report in the Japanese newspaper, Asahi Shimbun, that Jong-nam had met a US intelligence agent in Langkawi.
The report said Jong-nam was believed to have passed a large amount of data to the agent, citing a Malaysian forensics analysis of a laptop found in Jong-nam’s backpack after his death.
Azirul confirmed the laptop was sent to a forensics laboratory in Kuala Lumpur, which found the computer had last been used on Feb 9 and that some data had been accessed from a USB pendrive inserted into the laptop on the same day.
But Azirul said he was not sure if Jong-nam had passed on data in Langkawi or if the meeting was linked to the airport murder.
Gooi accused Azirul of being evasive.
“Come on, you have a total lapse in memory?” he told Azirul. “You say you investigated but you’ve forgotten everything? Which hotel? What was this investigation for, if it wasn’t related to this case?”
Two women, Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese, along with with four North Korean fugitives have been charged with the murder.
They face the death penalty, if convicted.
The hearing continues on Feb 8.
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