Siti Aisyah, Doan ordered to enter defence over Kim Jong Nam murder

Rahmat Khairulrijal

SHAH ALAM: Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong were ordered to enter their defence by the High Court here today for allegedly murdering North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother, Kim Jong Nam (also known as Kim Chol) in Sepang last year. Judge Datuk Azmi Ariffin meted out the judgement after hearing submissions from both the prosecution and defence teams. “I found that the prosecution managed to establish a prima facie case against the duo,” he said. Siti and Doan had decided to testify under oath in a witness stand.

Siti Aisyah (R) of Indonesia, who was detained in connection with the death of Kim Jong-nam, is escorted by Malaysian police officers as she arrives at the Shah Alam High Court, in Shah Alam, Malaysia, 16 August 2018. Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam and Siti Aisyah of Indonesia are charged with murder under Section 302 of the penal code, which carries mandatory death sentence if found guilty, and have pleaded not guilty during the murder trial in connection with the death of Kim Jong-nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo by EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL

On March 1, Doan and Siti were charged at the Sepang magistrate's court with murdering Kim Chol, 45, along with four other men who are still at large. Kim Chol was later established to be Kim Jong Nam. The duo allegedly committed the offence at the departure hall of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) 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