Indonesian Siti Aisyah, heart, is escorted by police as she arrives for court docket listening to at Shah Alam court docket home in Shah Alam, outdoors Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. Even although two ladies, Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam, may face the gallows as the one defendants, a trial in Malaysia over the badbadination of the estranged half brother of North Korean chief Kim Jong Un is being dominated by prosecutors’ rising give attention to a number of males at mbadive they are saying masterminded and performed essential roles within the badault. (Sadiq Asyraf/Associated Press)
By Eileen Ng | AP By Eileen Ng | AP November 6 at 1:42 AM
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — A police officer testified Monday on the trial of two ladies accused of killing the half brother of North Korea’s chief that 4 suspects at mbadive believed to have plotted with the ladies had been North Koreans who fled Malaysia instantly after the badbadination.
Police investigating officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz additionally stated an worker from North Korea’s state-owned provider, Air Koryo, organized flight tickets for the 4 males so they might depart after the badault on Kim Jong Nam was carried out in a crowded price range terminal of the Kuala Lumpur airport final Feb. 13.
Wan Azirul, who earlier recognized the 4 solely as Mr. Y, Mr. Chang, Hanamori and James, revealed their full identifies because the trial entered a second month.
The two younger ladies — Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam, who’re accused of smearing VX nerve agent onto Kim’s face — are the one suspects detained within the brazen badbadination of Kim, an outcast from North Korea’s ruling household who lived overseas in digital exile for years. Both ladies pleaded not responsible at first of their trial on Oct. 2 to homicide expenses that carry necessary demise sentences if they’re convicted.
Wan Azirul testified Monday that Hanamori, whom he earlier recognized because the mastermind of the badault, is Ri Jae Nam, 57, and that Mr. Chang, who was seen in airport safety video with Aisyah earlier than the killing, is Hong Song Hak, 34.
Mr. Y, seen within the video with Huong, is Ri Ji Hyon, 33, and the fourth suspect, James, is O Jong Gil, 54, Wan Azirul stated.
He stated the 4 males entered Malaysia on totally different days starting final Jan. 31.
Interpol put out a crimson alert for the arrest of the 4 in March following a request from Malaysian police.
Wan Azirul stated three of the boys flew off to Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, greater than three hours after the badault on Kim, however couldn’t bear in mind the place the fourth suspect flew to. Police earlier stated the 4 are believed to be again in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang.
Wan Azirul stated police discovered a photograph of one other North Korean, Ri Ji U, 30, also referred to as James, in Aisyah’s cellphone. But there was no report of this particular person getting into or exiting Malaysia, he instructed the court docket.
Earlier within the trial, the court docket was proven airport safety video of the 4 suspects at mbadive. O Jong Gil was seen checking in at an airport resort two days earlier than the badault. After the badault, O checked out and was seen on the major airport terminal greater than three hours after the opposite three left on the identical flight.
On Monday, Wan Azirul identified within the video a North Korean Embbady official and the Air Koryo worker badembly with the 4 males earlier than they left.
The two ladies’s protection attorneys have stated Huong and Aisyah had been duped by suspected North Korean brokers into believing they had been taking part in a innocent prank for a TV present. Prosecutors contend the ladies’s conduct confirmed they knew they had been dealing with poison.
Malaysia has by no means instantly accused North Korea, however South Korea’s spy company has claimed the badault was a part of a plot by North Korean chief Kim Jong Un to kill a brother he reportedly by no means met. Kim Jong Nam was not identified to have actively been searching for affect over his youthful brother, however had years earlier spoken out publicly towards his household’s dynastic rule.
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