Kim Jong-nam Murder Case Goes to High Court

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Case moving to a higher court as trial looms.

  • Suspects under heavy security
  • Trial to start in 3-4 months
  • Aisyah’s letter to parents
  • Lawyer appointed to “protect the interest” North Korean government

From as early as 5.30am this morning, local and foreign media converged on the Sepang court complex where the two Kim Jong-nam murder suspects appeared for mention of the case.

The suspects, Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, arrived in two 4WD vehicles which were heavily guarded by the Special Task Force On Organised Crime (Stafoc) team. Both suspects wore bullet-proof vests.

AFP

Doan arrived first at about 9am while Aisyah arrived three minutes later. They were whisked into the building through the rear door. The women smiled at their embassy representatives as they were brought to the dock.

Doan and Aisyah were charged on Mar 1 but the Sepang district magistrate court had twice deferred prosecutors’ requests for the case to be moved to a higher court pending collection of documents.

Today, the district court judge moved the case to the Shah Alam High Court. No date was given for the first high court hearing but prosecutor Iskandar Ahmad told reporters the court should notify them “within a month”. The suspects would then enter pleas and the trial would have to start within 90 days, Iskandar said.

Meanwhile, Yusron Ambary, counsellor at the Indonesian Embassy, said that Aisyah wrote to her parents from jail.

“I am in good health. Just pray. Don’t think about me too much. Keep healthy and pray at night. I have a lot of people helping me. The embassy officials always come to see me, my lawyers also. Don’t worry. Pray for me so that the case will be over soon and I can go back home. Send my love to my son Rio,” Yusron read from the letter to reporters outside the courtroom.

The court was also informed that lawyer Jagjit Singh was appointed by the North Korean Embassy to monitor the case for them. He told reporters later that he was engaged to “protect the interest” of the North Korean government, without elaborating.


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