Jong-nam murder trial: Vietnamese accused Doan undergoes medical check-up

  • Nation
  • Friday, 15 Mar 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Vietnamese woman accused of the murder of Kim Chol or Kim Jong-nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, underwent a physical and mental examination on Friday (March 15) at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

Doan Thi Huong, 30, in bullet-proof attire, was brought to the hospital under heavy guard in a van of the Prisons Department at 9.20am and left at 10.40am, said her lawyer, Salim Bashir.

“She was taken to the psychiatric ward. It was just a physical and mental examination,” Salim said when contacted by Bernama.

Doan reportedly fell ill yesterday at the Shah Alam High Court where the murder trial was taking place, and Judge Azmi Ariffin postponed the hearing to April 1 after Doan's counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik said his client was physically and mentally unfit to testify.

The Shah Alam High Court had, on March 11, given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal to the other accused in the case, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, after the prosecution withdrew the charge against her.

She has returned to Indonesia.

Doan and Siti Aisyah, as well as four others still at large, were accused of Jong-nam's murder at the departure hall of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on Feb 13, 2017. – Bernama

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