No request for documents from lawyers of Kim Jong Nam murder accused, Malaysian police chief says

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who is charged with the murder of Kim Jong Nam, is escorted by police as she leaves the Sepang court on April 13.
Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who is charged with the murder of Kim Jong Nam, is escorted by police as she leaves the Sepang court on April 13. PHOTO: REUTERS

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Police have not received any official request from defence lawyers in the Kim Jong Nam murder trial for documents to be given to them, Malaysia's police chief said on Thursday (April 13).

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said such requests must be made officially and through the court.

He said police have always cooperated with defence lawyers and there is no reason why counsel for the two accused, Indonesian Siti Aishah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, will not be accorded the same treatment.

"However, it will be up to the Attorney-General to decide on which documents to be released to the lawyers," he said.

His comments came after defence lawyers for Siti Aisyah and Doan earlier in the day complained at the Sepang magistrate's court that they were not given access to important material, including CCTV recordings.

Doan and Siti Aisyah are charged with murdering Kim, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 on Feb 13 when he was waiting for a flight to Macau.