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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Female suspects in Jong-nam murder to be charged on Wednesday

SEPANG - The two female suspects held in connection with the murder of Kim Jong-nam will be charged at the Sepang magistrate’s court on Wednesday.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali confirmed this when contacted by The Star on Tuesday.

The women, Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian citizen Siti Aisyah, are alleged to have administered the poison that killed Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on Feb 13.

Doan was arrested on Feb 15 as she was attempting to catch a flight back to Vietnam, while Siti Aisyah was detained early the next day.

The remand for the pair, which was extended last week, expires at midnight Tuesday.

Apandi said the third suspect arrested, North Korean citizen Ri Jong Chol, would not be charged on Wednesday as police have not completed their investigations on him.

Three more men are being hunted by police in the investigation into Jong-nam’s murder.

Media personnel from local and foreign news organisations had gathered at the courthouse here early Tuesday morning after receiving information that Doan and Siti Aisyah were to be charged.

Jong-nam died after being sprayed with a chemical while awaiting a flight to Macau.

It was later confirmed that the assailants had used the VX nerve agent to poison him.

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