The half-brother of North Korean chief Kim Jong-un was killed by an undercover CIA agent while visiting Malaysia, a court docket heard Monday.
Kim Jong-Nam met the agent posing as an American vacationer at a lodge in Langkawi on February 9, a witness informed the trial of two ladies accused of the killing.
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Kim died in agony shortly afterwards and the ladies have been arrested days later.
The pair, who face dying by hanging if convicted, have pleaded not responsible and mentioned they have been tricked into believing they have been a part of a prank actuality TV present, with their attorneys blaming North Korean brokers.
South Korea additionally has accused North Korea of ordering the homicide, an allegation it denies.
At Monday’s trial, defence lawyer Gooi Quickly Seng questioned senior investigating police officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz about an article final yr within the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, which had reported the assembly in Langkawi.
The Asahi reported that Kim had met a US intelligence agent in Langkawi.
A police pc forensics report confirmed laptop computer owned by Kim was final used on February 9, the day of the Langkawi assembly, and USB pendrive had been related to it that day.
Wan Azirul agreed with Gooi’s assertion that Kim met a “Korean-American primarily based in Bangkok” on the lodge.
However the officer was unable to disclose the identification of the American or the identify of the lodge, typically replying to Gooi’s questions that he was both uncertain or didn’t keep in mind.
Kim returned to Kuala Lumpur from Langkawi on February 12, the day earlier than he was killed. He had arrived in Malaysia from Macau on February 6.