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Thursday, 12 October 2017 | MYT 7:25 PM

Identities of four men revealed in Kim Jong-nam murder trial

SHAH ALAM: A police officer disclosed the identities of four men allegedly involved in the murder of Kim Chol or Kim Jong-nam, the brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.

Sepang/KLIA district investigating officer ASP Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz said based on investigations, the four men were Mr Chang, Mr James, Mr Y and Hanamori who was also addressed as “grandpa”  or “uncle”.

"I obtained the names from the two accused Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong (pix below) during the investigation.

"Based on the closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) recordings, the man wearing the black shirt who was walking with Doan is “Mr Y”.

“In this case, Mr Y was the one who wiped liquid on Doan's hand besides buying the ticket for Siti Aisyah, while Mr Chang, who is wearing a black hat, met with Siti Aisyah at the Bibik Heritage restaurant and was the one who wiped liquid on her hand.”

To a question from DPP Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin during examination-in-chief, ASP Wan Azirul Nizam said Hanamori was the individual who gave instructions to Mr Y while James was the one who recruited Siti Aisyah.

ASP Wan Azirul Nizam, the ninth prosecution witness, told the court that Kim Chol's passport was seized to facilitate investigations and a copy of it made before being returned to the North Korean embassy here.

At this juncture, Siti Aisyah's counsel, Gooi Soon Seng, objected to the tendering of the copy as an exhibit, submitting that the Evidence Act 1950 provided for a passport copy to be certified before being admitted as evidence by the court.

He said the copy could not be compared with the original document that was sent to the embassy.

Doan's counsel, Salim Basheer, interjected that the prosecution could only submit a secondary document if the original had been destroyed or lost.

Wan Shaharuddin countered that the prosecution had submitted the document as secondary evidence under Section 63 of the Evidence Act.

"The passport was under the control of the investigating officer and he himself made the copy. This is not about a missing document,” said the DPP.

Justice Datuk Azmi Ariffin said he would make a decision on the issue later; in the meantime, the passport was not tendered as an exhibit.

Chemistry Department Forensic DNA Unit head Nor Aidora Saedon said there was no DNA on the scarf that Siti Aisyah had worn.

“It had either disintegrated or undergone degradation due to a number of factors, among them, extreme humidity.

"DNA could be destroyed by high temperature and thirdly, the material had been exposed to chemicals that could cause the DNA to disintegrate,” she said.

The 10th witness also said the DNA analysis found one profile of a woman obtained from blood traces on a sanitary towel, which matched the DNA profile on the sweater labeled ‘Doan'.

She was responding to DPP Mohd Fairuz Johari during examination-in-chief in the trial of Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, who are jointly charged with four others still at large, of killing Kim Chol, 45, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) departure hall at 9 am on Feb 13.

The prosecution also called its 11th and 12th witnesses, Sepang IPD photographers Kpl Mohd Nordin Mohd Zain, 50, and L/Kpl Ali Imran Rifin.

The trial has been adjourned to Oct 24. - Bernama