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

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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