Tight security at court complex as female suspects in Kim Jong Nam murder await charges

Malaysian lawyer Gooi Soon Seng, representing Indonesian Siti Aisyah, speaking to reporters.
Malaysian lawyer Gooi Soon Seng, representing Indonesian Siti Aisyah, speaking to reporters.PHOTO: THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK
Security in the area was also tight with heavy police presence, including traffic personnel to control the traffic flow.
Security in the area was also tight with heavy police presence, including traffic personnel to control the traffic flow. PHOTO: THE STAR / ASIA NEWS NETWORK

SEPANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - About 10 minutes before the scheduled court proceeding to charge the alleged assassins of Mr Kim Jong Nam on Wednesday (March 1) morning, the press corps were gathered outside the Sepang court complex.

Security in the area was also tight with heavy police presence, including traffic personnel to control traffic flow.

Members of the media started camping outside the complex as early as 5am.

Upon registering themselves, reporters had to surrender their gadgets, including mobile phones, laptops and recorders.

Bags were also checked before they were allowed in.

Only two journalists from each news agency were allowed in.

It is believed that only a maximum of 15 Malaysian pressmen and 15 international journalists among hundreds of waiting media personnel have been allowed in.

Police sources confirmed that 199 police officers and personnel are on duty at the court complex.

 

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The two female suspects, Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, will be charged at the Sepang Sessions Court.

The women are alleged to have administered the VX nerve agent that killed Mr Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Doan, 29, was arrested on Feb 15 as she tried to catch a flight to Vietnam while Siti Aisyah, 25, was nabbed the next day.

Malaysian lawyer Gooi Soon Seng, who is representing Siti Aisyah, arrived at the courthouse at 8.35am.

He told journalists that he has not methis client, adding that no plea would be recorded.

He is from a local law firm and is acting on behalf of the Indonesian embassy in Malaysia.