Man called Uncle gave order to attack Jong-nam, court told

By Ida Nadirah Ibrahim

SHAH ALAM, Oct 13 — The High Court was told of the roles of four mystery men jointly charged with two women with the murder of Kim Jong-nam at KLIA2.

Investigating officer Assistant Superintendent Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz used aliases to identify the four, who are still at large.

Wan Azirul, the ninth witness, described the roles the men played based on statements by the other two accused, Doan Thi Huong and Siti Aisyah.

Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin also showed the court closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, which showed separate occasions the women were in contact with two of the men.

The men were identified as:

  • Mr Y — wearing a black cap and carrying a sling bag, and seen walking with Doan into KLIA2. He is also seen pouring liquid into Doan’s hands.
  • Mr Chang — seen with Siti Aisyah at Bibik Heritage restaurant, wearing a black cap and glasses. He is also seen pouring liquid into her hands.
  • Hanamori, also known as Grandpa/Uncle — suspected of giving orders to Mr Y. 
  • James — suspected to recruiting Siti Aisyah.

On the first day of the trial, the court had dismissed an application by defence lawyers to compel the prosecution team to reveal the names of the four men.

Justice Datuk Azmi Ariffin, however, said not naming the four did not make the charge defective.

Yesterday, questioned on the whereabouts of the passport belonging to Kim Chol (Jong-nam), Wan Azirul Nizam said the original passport was returned to the North Korean embassy after a photocopy was made.

Siti Aisyah’s counsel, Gooi Soon-seong, objected to the marking of the copy as an exhibit, saying it contravened the Evidence Act that copies of public documents must be certified before being accepted as secondary evidence in court.

Lawyer Salim Bashir, representing Doan, also objected and said the prosecution could only submit a secondary document if the original document had been destroyed or was missing.

Wan Shaharuddin: “The passport in this case did not go missing but was returned to the North Korean embassy and the photocopy was kept by the investigating officer.”

Salim: “But there is no proof the passport had been returned to the embassy.”

Azmi, who heard the arguments from both parties, said he would decide on the admissibility of the document as an exhibit on a later date.

DPP Mohd Fairuz Johari called Chemistry Department DNA Forensics analyst Nor Aidora Saedon as the 10th witness.

She identified specimens that she analysed which were handed over by the police.

Among the specimens from the accused women were used sanitary towel, pullover and scarf.

Mohd Fairuz: “Why was there no DNA traced on Siti Aisyah’s scarf?”

Nor Aidora: “The DNA can degrade based on a few factors, including too much moisture where the item may not have been stored in a good condition, high temperature which could destroy the DNA, and being exposed to other chemical items.”

The court was also told that a total of 134 post-mortem photographs of Jong-nam’s body were taken by police photographer Lance Corporal Mohd Nordin Mohd Zain, 50.

Mohd Nordin said he printed all the post-mortem photographs and downloaded the soft copies from the digital camera’s memory card to a compact disc.

Another 32 photographs of the crime scene were taken by police photographer Lance Corporal Ali Imran Rifin, 27, who said they included two photographs of the deceased’s personal items.

The hearing continues at KLIA2 on Oct 24.

Nor Aidora analysed specimens belonging to the two accused women and Jong-nam.