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Kim Jong-Nam Murder Case Moves to Malaysian High Court
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Kim Jong-Nam Murder Case Moves to Malaysian High Court

The case of two women charged in Malaysia with killing the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader was transferred to a higher court on Tuesday, as a defense lawyer complained of not getting all of the documents he had requested.
Indonesian Siti Aishah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from Vietnam, face the death penalty if convicted of murdering Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13, Reuters reported.
The two women are accused of smearing Kim’s face with VX nerve agent, a chemical described by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.
Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of the late North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the isolated, nuclear-armed nation.
Aishah and Huong were charged on March 1 but the Sepang District magistrate court had twice deferred prosecutors’ requests for the case to be moved to a higher court pending collection of documents.
On Tuesday, the district court judge moved the case to the Shah Alam High Court. No date was given for the first High Court hearing but prosecutor Iskandar Ahmad told reporters the court should notify them “within a month”.
Aishah and Huong were present for the hearing, their third court appearance, both wearing bullet-proof vests.
Aishah’s lawyer, Gooi Soon Seng, told the court the police and prosecution had yet to supply the defense with documents and other evidence needed for the case.
“The concept of a fair trial demands that all material documents should be supplied to the defense at the earliest opportunity,” Gooi said.
Three North Korean suspects-including a diplomat-were allowed to go home in March, along with the body of Kim Jong-nam, as part of a swap deal with North Korea, which had banned nine Malaysians from leaving there.
Four other North Koreans have been identified by Malaysia as suspects. Malaysian police have said the four left Kuala Lumpur for Pyongyang on the day of the killing.

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