Political motive in Jong Nam murder not ruled out: High Court

Rahmat Khairulrijal

SHAH ALAM: The High Court here today did not rule out the possibility that the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, was politically motivated.

In his lengthy judgement at the end of the prosecution team’s submission, Judge Datuk Azmi Ariffin said that no clear evidence was provided by the prosecution on the real motive for the murder.

“The investigation officer testified that Jong Nam, also known as Kim Chol, met (an American) man in Langkawi five days before the assassination.

“However, police failed to ascertain the identity of the (American) man and the motive of their meeting.

“Thus, I cannot rule out that this could be a political assassination,” he added.

Azmi also said “Evidence (from) closed circuit television (footage) show that (the assassination) was systematic.”

Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong were charged at the Sepang magistrate's court with murdering Kim Chol, 45, along with four other men who are still at large.

The duo was ordered by the High Court to enter their defence after the prosecution managed to establish a prima facie case against them today.

They allegedly committed the offence at the departure hall of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia 2) at around 9am on Feb 13.

The charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries a mandatory death penalty. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd