Witness at Malaysia trial says 4 more suspects in Kim murder

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Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong 28 is accused of the murder of Kim Jong-nam. – The Malaysian Insight file pic

13 Octubre, 2017

The four were spotted on airport security videos and identified after investigators questioned the two women, he testified.

Police identified the four suspects who are at-large as Mr. Chang, James, Mr. Y and Hanamori (alias Grandpa or Uncle), Wan Azirul told the Malaysian High Court in Shah Alam, near Kuala Lumpur.

As court officials played footage taken by airport security cameras, Wan Azirul testified that each of the men seen in the videos had played different roles in the plot, including putting what looked like a liquid substance on the hands of the two women.

One piece of footage showed Doan walking through KLIA2 with a man wearing a cap.

Wan Azirul also told deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin that Doan had mentioned the same names when identifying the four individuals.

The men's faces, however, cannot be seen clearly. The two women were mostly seen in separate locations, save for during the attack and when they were at a taxi-stand later. "The man is said to be Mr. Y", he said.

Mr Wan Azirul told the court their hands were in normal positions after they left the bathrooms. Those three were later allowed to fly home in exchange for nine Malaysians who were allowed to leave Pyongyang in a deal easing a diplomatic standoff that brought relations between the two countries to historic lows.

On March 16, Interpol issued a "red notice" for the four North Koreans, describing them as suspects in the Malaysian airport murder.

A spokesman for the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said its military was closely monitoring the movements of the North Korean army and maintaining full readiness.

But Hisyam Teh, Huong's lawyer, argued that she could not have known she was handling VX.

"She seemed to be anxious".

In another clip, Siti Aisyah was seen entering a restaurant to meet a man identified as Mr Chang.

Siti and Doan along with the four others still at large, were charged with the murder of Kim Chol, 45, at the KL International Airport 2 (KLIA2) departure hall at 9am on Feb 13 this year.

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In their opening statements at the start of the trial, prosecutors said they aimed to disprove the women's claims that they were duped into playing a prank on Kim and did not know they were smearing a fast-acting poison, VX nerve agent, on his face.

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