Kim Jong-nam Trial: Airport Visit and CCTV Clips

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The week’s trial started off with a site visit to klia2, followed by recordings of the four male Korean suspects’ movements at the airport.

  • Male suspects transformed their appearances after the attack
  • North Korean scientist Ri Jong Chol believed to have provided transport to three male suspects 
  • Korean suspects seen on CCTV at departure hall before flying out of the country
  • Large group of media, court officials, lawyers, heavy armed guards created a buzz at the airport
  • Midway through site tour, Siti burst into tears and Doan appeared unwell
  • Both female suspects completed the visit in wheelchairs
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Oct 26: Day 11

More than 40 CCTV video clips of the suspects’ movements at the airport were screened in the darkened courtroom.

They showed Mr Chang and Mr Y heading to different bathrooms in the airport before emerging in different clothes, shortly after the attack on Jong-nam.

Mr Chang, who had earlier been seen sporting a goatee, came out of the bathroom clean-shaven. Instead of a grey hooded shirt with a cap bearing the ‘Adidas’ logo and carrying a white plastic bag, he exited in a red t-shirt, with an orange plastic bag.

Mr Y, who had worn a cap and carried a backpack and water bottle, emerged from the washroom in a different shirt, without his belongings.

Hanamori, said to have played the role as the “mastermind”, also changed his shirt from the purple one that he had worn.

“All of the suspects at large, even though they changed clothes, did not change their shoes,” said investigating officer Asst Sup Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz.

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He added that the shoes were among the features enabling identification of the suspects, besides their body types and movements.

Other videos showed Mr Chang and Mr Y meeting separately with a man, identified as Hanamori, at a restaurant near the airport’s check-in counters, prior to the attack.

Mr Chang later met alone with Siti Aisyah at the restaurant, while Mr Y was seen walking past the restaurant with Doan Thi Huong.

Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong are on trial for the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Jong-nam.

Hanamori was seen arriving at the terminal in the same vehicle with Mr Chang and Mr Y about 90 minutes ahead of the incident.

He was also seen at the restaurant with a fourth man, who Azirul said was “suspected to be James”.

He left the airport after the attack in a vehicle with Mr Chang and Mr Y. The trio returned later that day and were seen in the departure hall of the main terminal.

After the incident, James was seen heading to the Sama Sama airport hotel and then quickly checking out. He was later seen at the departure hall where the other three suspects went.

Oct 25: Day 10

ASP Azirul said there was insufficient evidence to charge a North Korean scientist, Ri Jong Chol, who is believed to have driven two of the men to the airport on the day of the incident.

He said CCTV footage showed a vehicle registered under Jong Chol’s name, a grey Naza Ria, transporting two unnamed male suspects to the airport.

Jong Chol, who was one of the earliest suspects arrested in connection with the assassination, was deported not long after he was arrested in February.

“He was told to be deported because there was no strong evidence for conviction,” Azirul said.

The court also heard that four North Korean passports bearing the name ‘Kim Chol’ had been found on Kim Jong-nam. The passports were handed over to the North Korean embassy.

The court has thus far made no reference to the name Kim Jong-nam.

Oct 24: Day 9

The site visit to the crime scene saw a large turnout of international and local media and a flurry of activity at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2).

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Siti, dressed in black, and Doan, in a baju kurung, arrived under heavy armed guard at around 8.30am.

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Judge Datuk Azmi Ariffin arrived with a convoy of police escorts, deputy public prosecutors, defence counsels and court officials.

At about 10am, both accused were hurriedly led through the departure terminal towards the self-check-in kiosk and then to the Bibik Heritage restaurant on Level 2.

Then the group visited the Menara Medical Clinic where Jong-nam had sought medical treatment.

Midway through the tour, Siti burst into tears while Doan also appeared unwell.

Reportedly, after nearly three hours of being weighed down by heavy bulletproof vests, they were exhausted and the defence team requested for wheelchairs.

The duo were wheeled around for the rest of the visit, ending at a taxi stand before they were taken back to the klia2 police station.


Follow the trial with our earlier reports:

Oct 15, Kim Jong-nam Trial: The Week’s Recap

Oct 10, Catching Up with the Kim Jong-nam Murder Trial