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Video in Malaysian court shows practice before Kim attack

Video in Malaysian court shows practice before Kim attack

The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was carrying $100,000 in cash in his backpack at the time of his murder, the police officer investigating the case told a Malaysian court on Wednesday.

The suspects are among four men, believed to be North Koreans, who were named by case investigator Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz on the eighth day of the trial of Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Hoang, as he testified for the prosecution. Witnesses testified that he immediately sought medical help at the airport but died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Airport surveillance video presented in court showed Doan walking in the airport with a man wearing a baseball cap, while Siti Aisyah was seen meeting separately with another man who also wore a cap at an airport café just before Kim was attacked at the crowded departure terminal.

Most of the videos, however, appeared to show Huong and Siti Aisyah before, during and after the attack on Kim Jong Nam.

Both women are seen hurrying to separate bathrooms, holding their hands away from their bodies as if to avoid contact.

Prosecutors said previously the women knew they were handling poison when they killed Kim.

He told deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin that the second suspect, Doan Thi Huong, also mentioned the same names to identify the four individuals when quizzed by him.

Pyongyang conducted its fifth nuclear test on the anniversary of the founding day of North Korea last year. But they were allowed to return to North Korea along with Kim's body on March 31, as part of a deal that ended a six-week diplomatic row between the two countries following Kim's assassination.

According to the AP report, police said Chang was in fact Hong Song Hak and James was also known as Ri Ji U. The latter was one of three North Koreans identified by Malaysian police as persons sought for questioning in the murder probe.

The murder charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Wan Azirul Nizam also told the court that Mr Chang, identified with Siti in another piece of footage, had smeared the oily substance on her hands.

The defense lawyers for both Huong and Siti Aisyah said the videos could be considered hearsay, as the investigating officer did not record them himself and was not present to witness the crime.