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Baby oil used in prank, witness tells Jong-nam trial

Siti Aisyah, the Indonesian woman who was accused of murdering Kim Chol or Kim Jong-nam, the estranged older brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, used baby oil in her pranks at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) several days before Kim Chol died after his face was smeared with VX poison.

The pranks were committed by the accused on Feb 3, 7, and 11, 2017 before the “attack” on Kim Chol at klia2 on Feb 13, 2017 and Siti Aisyah was paid US$550 (RM2,156) for it by a man known as Chang.

Chang or Hong Song Sac is one of the four suspects in the high-profile case who is still at large.

He was introduced to Siti Aisyah on Jan 21, 2017 at the Phnom Penh Airport by a man named James or Ri Ji U.

Counsel Gooi Soon Seng who represented Siti Aisyah, 26, made these suggestions during the cross-examination of investigation officer ASP Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz, 40, on the 30th day of the Kim Chol murder trial at the High Court here, and the ninth witness agreed with him.

Siti Aisyah and a Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong, 29, were charged with murdering Kim Chol with four others still at large at the departure hall at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) Sepang on Feb 13, 2017.

On Feb 7, 2017, the same day she committed a prank at KLIA, Siti Aisyah uploaded a posting on her Facebook account which read “last day shooting, hopefully given the trust, contract extended, even though tired but energised”.

Gooi presented the posting to the witness who replied “I agree”.

Besides the prank in which she used baby oil, Siti Aisyah said in a statement that James asked her to smear lotion on the victim’s face from behind and immediately leave the location, and it would all be done at klia2.

Earlier, Wan Azirul Nizam disagreed with Gooi’s suggestion that Chang had asked Siti Aisyah to go to Macau, China on Feb 8, 2017 to perform the prank, and had given her RM4,000 to buy the flight ticket.

However, the witness answered “not sure” to the counsel’s suggestion that her trip to Macau was cancelled.

On the connection between Siti Aisyah and Doan, the witness agreed with his suggestion that both women were not acquainted with each other and there were no closed circuit television recordings showing they spoke to each other at any point on the day of the ‘attack’.

Replying to Gooi’s question on whether Siti Aisyah’s DNA profile was found on Kim Chol’s body or clothes, the witness answered “none”.

The trial in the presence of Judge Azmi Ariffin continues on Feb 27.


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