DPP: Kim Chol killers were trained agents

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  • Friday, 29 Jun 2018

SHAH ALAM: The two charged with killing Kim Chol (Kim Jong-nam) were trained killers as they identified their target and carefully planned their mission, a High Court here heard.

If Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong were not trained to target the precise person, their mission would not be accomplished, Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin said.

“This is not a normal murder case. The accused are trained.

“They must know what to do, must know the entry and also must know the best effect on Kim Chol, who was the half-brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“There was no room for failure. You cannot just pick two scapegoats from nowhere to execute the assassination. It is like we are watching a James Bond movie,” he added.

Wan Shaharuddin submitted this in the case of Siti Aisyah, 26, and Doan, 29, who are charged with murdering Kim Chol, 45, by smearing his face with a poison-laced cloth.

Kim Chol is the alias used by Kim Jong-nam.

The murder was said to have been committed at klia2 at 9pm on Feb 13 last year.

Four other North Korean men were jointly charged with them but have left Malaysia.

All the accused were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries a mandatory death sentence if found guilty.

Yesterday, Wan Shaharuddin dismissed that the entire situation was supposedly a “prank”.

The only probable answer was that both women wanted to ensure the substance hit the victim’s eyes and face, he added.

Wan Shaharuddin said the testimony of a klia2 security guard showed that the deceased was attacked by the two accused.

“Kim Chol also told the security guard the accused had attacked his eyes and face directly.

“It was not just a mere rubbing of the face like applying a lotion.It was a deliberate act.

“They attacked him with a deadly substance where the probability of death was high and chances of survival were low.

“The substance was found inside the victim’s eyes.

“One would ask why, of all the places on the human body, they targeted his eyes.

“The answer is they knew the direct and deadly effect if the substance entered the eyes,” he said.

He also said they had in their possession a taxi ticket for an easy getaway.

“They chose to go to a toilet at Level 2 because it was nearer to the transportat hub and easy for them to make a quick getaway and avoid detection,” he added.

Yesterday, after a two-day hearing of submissions, Justice Azmi Ariffin fixed Aug 16 for a decision on whether Siti Aisyah and Doan would have to enter their defence or not.

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