North Korea official bought car for Kim Jong Nam’s killers: prosecutors

KUALA LUMPUR – Three men for Kim Jong Nam killing were taken to the scene of a car murder, bought by a representative of the embassy in North Korea, the Malaysian court said on Wednesday, focusing on the role of the embassy in sensational murder.

Two women, Indonesians City Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong, have been charged with conspiring with four North Korean fugitives to kill a North Korean leader’s half-brother using illegal chemical weapons VX at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13.

Defense lawyers say women were deceived in thinking they were joking about a real TV show.

The closed-circuit television footage, featured in the court on Wednesday, showed three refugees at the airport in a car registered for a North Korean suspect, called Ri Yong Chol.

Jong Chol, who was arrested and deported shortly after the killing, told the inspectors that the car was purchased on his behalf by an official of the North Korean Embassy called Chal Su in October 2016, chief researcher Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz.

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“We sent a request to the North Korean Embassy to identify and investigate Chal Su, but we did not get any cooperation,” Wan Azirul told the court.

Video recordings of airports shown in court previously showed a second secretary of the embassy and manager for the North Korean airline Air Koryo, helping the four
Refugees flee immediately after the murder.

Wan Azirul on Wednesday named the two people as Second North Korean Embassy secretary, Hyon Kwang Song and manager of Air Corry Kim Uk Il.

Both were hiding at the embassy in Kuala Lumpur, along with Ri Ji U, a 30-year-old North Korean known also as James, after orders were issued to arrest them, said Wan Azirul.

Police took the statements from the second secretary of the embassy and Air Koryo official before releasing them, but did not continue Ji U or Chal Su in the absence of instructions to do so, said Wan Azirul.

“During this investigation, which included international issues, I faced many research constraints and I should have called on my superiors before taking action,” he added.

North Korea has severely denied the accusations of South Korean and US officials that the regime of Kim Jong-un is behind the killing.

Kim Jong Nam, who lived in exile in Macao, criticized the dynastic rule of his family in North Korea, and his brother issued a permanent injunction for his killing, some South Korean lawmakers said.

The murder uncovered links that were once close to Malaysia and North Korea.

Malaysia was forced to return the body of Kim Jong Nam and allowed suspects to hide in the embassy to return home, in exchange for the release of nine Malaysians who were forbidden to leave Pyongyang.

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