Many restraints in probe into Kim Chol's murder case, court told

Many restraints in probe into Kim Chol's murder case, court told

Kim Jong Nam, who was living in exile in Macau, had criticized his family's dynastic rule of North Korea and his brother had issued a standing order for his execution, some South Korean lawmakers have said.

He added that his investigation also found that both of them were representatives of the North Korean Embassy in the country and also the manager of Air Koryo, who was based in Malaysia.

He said that only three suspects, Ri Ji Hyon, Hong Song Hac and Ri Jae Nam boarded the plane to Jakarta, Indonesia, at 12.30pm, on Feb 13, 2017, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Chel Su was said to have asked another suspect, Ri Jong-chol, to use his name to purchase a Naza Ria multipurpose vehicle on behalf of the embassy in October 2016, which was five months before the murder case of Kim Chol.

Defense lawyers highlighted a political motive Wednesday in the murder of Kim Jong Nam as they began linking a North Korean embassy official to the Kuala Lumpur airport killing that stunned the world. Monday's courtroom deliberations were the first in 11 days, since the policeman last took the witness stand.

Two women are on trial accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam by throwing VX nerve gas into his face at Kuala Lumpur Airport on 13 February.

The two female suspects - Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong - claim they were tricked into believing they were taking part in a prank TV show that involved wiping lotion on the faces of unsuspecting people.

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Although the four men arrived in Malaysia on separate dates between January 31 and February 17, all of them left on February 13, the day of the murder, Wan Azirul said.

Three male North Korean suspects namely Hong Song Hac, known as Mr Chang, Ri Ji Hyon known as Mr Y and Ri Jae Nam known by the name of Hanamori had departed from KLIA on a flight to Jakarta, Indonesia on Feb 13, 2017 before going to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and to Vladivostok in Russian Federation before returning to Pyongyang. North Korea has denied the allegation.

On March 1, Siti Aisyah and Doan were charged together with the four others who are still at large of killing Kim Chol, 45, at the Departure Lounge of Klia2 under Section 302 of the Penal Code which provides for the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Malaysian officials have not formally accused Pyongyang of involvement, but North Korea has denied accusations by United States and South Korean officials that it was behind the killing.

The two women knew them only by their aliases, he said, explaining that he had established the suspects' identities with help from the Special Branch.

Airport security video showed that Hyon Kwang Song, then the second secretary at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, and Kim Uk-Il of Air Koryo, North Korea's national carrier, arrived at the main airport terminal 40 minutes before Kim was attacked. But Kuala Lumpur eventually agreed to send Kim's body to Pyongyang in exchange for nine Malaysians trapped there by an exit ban.

Reported byBenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

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