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Jong-nam trial: Siti Aisyah ran to toilet shaking her hands

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SHAH ALAM: Siti Aisyah ran towards the toilet on Level 2, Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) whilst 'shaking' her hands as if they were feeling hot, a police officer told the High Court here.

Sepang/KLIA District senior investigating officer ASP Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz said this when testifying in the murder case of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

He said according to his observations based on a closed-circuit television recording (CCTV), Siti Aisyah rushed to the toilet after ‘attacking' Kim Chol.

Replying to a question from Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP)  Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin during  examination in-chief,  ASP Wan Azirul Nizam said Siti Aisyah also avoided holding the handrail of the escalator while descending from Level 3 to Level 2 to head to the toilet.

"According to the CCTV footage, Siti Aisyah came out of the toilet wearing a scarf drawn out of a backpack," he said.

He said the second accused, Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, also appeared to be hurrying from the scene, with her hand gestures showing she was uncomfortable.

"She seemed to be avoiding her palms from touching her sleeves. She looked anxious and wanted to get out of there immediately.

"From my observation, Doan was well aware and knew what she needed to do after the attack, as she rushed to the toilet at Level 2, about 80 to 100 metres from the scene (on Level 3)," he said.

He said prior to entering the toilet, Doan's body movements showed she sometimes raised her hands, and at other times kept it down, all the while avoiding them touching her body or clothes.

"She went into the toilet at 9.02am, but came out a minute later, and her hands now looked normal and more relaxed. However she was still walking fast, and headed straight to Level 1, to the Public Transport Hub while using her mobile phone, and then got out of the building to wait for a taxi.

"CCTV footage also showed that Doan had bought a taxi ticket at one of the ticket counters at 6.59am on the day of the incident, before the attack," he said, adding that "Doan arrived at the taxi stand, where Siti Aisyah had also come, at 9.23am, in an anxious state, before boarding a taxi."

Responding to Wan Shaharuddin's question, the witness said Siti Aisyah was also seen at the 'Bibik Heritage' restaurant on Level 2, talking to a man wearing a black hat and spectacles.

"The woman looked at ease...the man also ordered drinks, and while he was talking, he also gave a ticket to Siti Aisyah at 8.14am," he said.

Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan, 28, have been charged with four others still at large, with murdering Jong-nam, 45, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport  2 Departure Hall  at 9am on Feb 13.

The two accused were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

ASP Wan Azirul NIzam said Jong-nam was seen limping for several minutes after the “attack” on him.

He said based on the closed circuit television (CCTV) camera recording at the airport, the movements of Jong-nam was a bit affected when approaching the Menara Medical Clinic there while accompanied by two policemen.

He said the victim's movements were still like normal when heading for the lift at Level 3, to be taken to the clinic, but became inhibited upon arrival at the foyer to Level 2 heading to the clinic.

“At this time, the victim (Kim Chol) was seen limping before entering the clinic. The victim was seen walking normally before that,” said the witness when asked to explain the CCTV recording which was shown in court.

He said the victim was taken into the clinic by a policeman and was helped on to a stretcher by a medic at the clinic and given breathing aid.

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 “His light blue blazer and belt were also taken off,” said the ninth prosecution witness on the seventh day of the trial of two women.

At the proceeding too, lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, who represented Doan, requested that several words used by the ninth witness, among others, “attack, panic and aggressive” be expunged from the trial records because the words were based on what the witness saw in the CCTV recording.

Judge Datuk Azmi Ariffin said the statement given by the witness was based on his observation and there was no objection from any quarter from the moment he started giving the statement.

“For the moment, we leave it as it was said. I will decide at the end. If I find they should be expunged, I will replace the words later. We look at the progress of this case first,” said the judge.

The court also fixed Oct 24 to visit the scene of the incident at klia2 at the request of the lawyers to enable them to identify the location of the incident which was shown in the CCTV recording around the airport.

The trial continues on Thursday. - Bernama

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