16 June 2017

Malaysian high court to hold trial on murder of DPRK citizen in July

Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, one of the two suspects (Source: AFP/VNA)


Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – The two suspects,
one of whom is a Vietnamese national, in the case of the murder of Democratic
People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) citizen Kim Chol will appear before the Shah
Alam high court in Selangor state on July 28.

The decision was made during the 30-minute long
fourth court hearing on the case at the Kajang female prison in Selangor state
on June 16.

The two suspects are Vietnamese national Doan
Thi Huong and Indonesian national Siti Aisyah.

During the fourth court hearing, the prosecutor
handed over 44 documents to lawyers. Some documents, including the CCTV footage
relating to the death will be handed over in one month. 

The Embassy of Vietnam in Malaysia will continue
coordinating closely with Vietnamese relevant authorities and Huong’s lawyers
in Malaysia to ensure the fair trial and protect the legitimate rights of the
Vietnamese national.

Kim Chol, as named in his passport, died at
Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13. Malaysia said he was
poisoned, but the DPRK insisted that he died of a heart attack, plus high blood
pressure and diabetes. 

At the court hearing on March 1, the two women
were charged with murder but they denied and said that they were cheated to
take part in an innocuous prank.

According to the Malaysian law, they would face
the death penalty if found guilty.-VNA



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