Interpol's help sought in tracing the four men in Kim Jong Nam murder

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SHAH ALAM - Police could not arrest four men who are charged together with the two accused in the murder of North Korean Kim Chol as there was insufficient information on them.

The four, who are still at large, are known as Mr Chang, Mr Y, James and Hanamori, said an investigating officer in charge of the case Asst Supt Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz.

The 39-year-old witness told the High Court that based on investigations, the police only had the men's pseudonyms.

"We do not have their identification details such as passport number or handphone number," he said at the trial of Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, who are charged with the murder of Kim, 45, at the departure hall of the KL International Airport 2 (KLIA2) at 9am on Feb 13.

Kim Chol is the alias used by Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, when he travelled.

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  • Indonesian Siti Aisyah who is on trial for the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, is escorted as she leaves the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 3, 2017.
  • Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong who is on trial for the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, is escorted as she leaves the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 3, 2017.
  • Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian Siti Aisyah who are on trial for the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, are escorted as they leave the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 3, 2017.
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  • Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, a Vietnamese, are charged with killing Kim Jong Nam by smearing his face with VX, a chemical poison banned by the United Nations, at Kuala Lumpur's international airport on Feb. 13.
  • Both women wore bullet-proof vest as they were led into the court on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital. They face the death penalty if convicted.
  • The women have pleaded not guilty, saying they thought they were involved in some sort of prank for a reality TV show.
  • Police cars transporting Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who are accused of killing Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, arrive at the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 2, 2017.
  • Journalists wait to enter the Shah Alam High Court, where Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong are on trial for the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 2, 2017.
  • Indonesian ambassador to Malaysia Rusdi Kirana speaks to journalists at the Shah Alam High Court, where Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong are on trial for the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 2, 2017.
  • Hisyam Teh Toh Teik, one of the lawyers for Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong, speaks to journalists during a break in the trial for Huong and Indonesian woman Siti Aisyah, at the Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur on October 2, 2017, for their alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
  • Hisyam Teh Toh Teik, Salim Bashir and Naran Singh, lawyers for Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong, speak to journalists during a break in the trial for Huong and Indonesian woman Siti Aisyah, at the Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur on October 2, 2017, for their alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
  • Gooi Soon Seng, a lawyer for Indonesian defendant Siti Aisyah, walks out during a break in the trial of Aisyah and Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong at the Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur on October 2, 2017, for their alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

ASP Wan Azirul said police had issued an order and an application for help to Bukit Aman Special Branch and Interpol respectively in an effort to trace the four suspects.

He said there was a fifth man by the name of Ri Jong-chol who was also arrested in connection with the case.

Based on CCTV footage, there was an MPV registered under the name Ri Jong-chol and the vehicle was seen sending off two of the male suspects at KLIA2 on the day of the incident, ASP Wan Azirul said.

However, after the investigation was carried out, there was no concrete evidence to prosecute Ri and he was deported, he said.

According to ASP Wan Azirul, Kim entered Malaysia on Feb 6 through a gate in KLIA2.

"I picked up the confirmation on his citizenship and passport from the embassy," he said.

ASP Wan Azirul said there was a record of Doan entering the country on Feb 4 but there was no record of entry for Siti Aisyah.

"Siti Aisyah was only recorded as leaving Malaysia on Jan 21 through the KLIA2 gate," he said.

The hearing continues today before Justice Azmi Ariffin.

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