KUALA LUMPUR – Investigating the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, Kim Jong-un’s half-brother, North Korea’s half-sister, bad and one-sided. This was conveyed by lawyer Siti Aisyah, one of the defendants from Indonesia.
Assembly murder case was held in Malaysia, Wednesday (27/06/2018) yesterday. Siti and the Vietnamese woman, Doan Thi Huong, are accused of killing Kim Jong-nam by applying a nerve poison on her face while at Kuala Lumpur International Airport last year.
The defendants’ second lawyers argued that Siti and Doan were recruited to take part in prank or joke events on television. However, both are tricked into being unintentional killers, in a complicated plot by a group of North Korean agents.
The women in their 20s have denied killing Kim Jong-nam when the victim was waiting for a flight to Macau. Both are threatened with death penalty if found guilty.
Siti and Doan were escorted to court in a handcuffed condition and wore an anti-bullet vest.
“This investigation is not only bad, but too biased,” Siti’s lawyer Gooi Soon Seng said in a statement to the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur.
“The allegations are unclear and prosecutors have failed to make a prima facie case against the defendant (Aisha),” he said, quoted by AFP.
Gooi argued prosecutors could not prove that his client was putting VX’s venom on Kim Jong-nam’s face. He also felt there was an awkwardness, since Siti did not suffer any symptoms after contact with poison VX, which the UN classified as a weapon of mass destruction.
Doan’s lawyer, Hisham Teh Pok Teik, added that his client did not intend to cause Kim Jong-nam’s death. According to him, Doan does not know that the liquid he uses on the victim’s face is a dangerous poison.
“The prosecutors have failed miserably in their case,” Hisham said. “The real killers are North Koreans.”
He condemned the murder investigation by calling it a “bad and embarrassing investigation.” “Doan was refused to get a fair trial,” he said.
Four North Koreans have been accused of involvement in the killing, but fled from Malaysia shortly after the killings. Lawyers Siti and Doan accused North Koreans of paying the two women to do what they believe to be a prank scene for a television show.