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Trial of Vietnamese suspect in N Korean’s murder set to open

Update: June, 17/2017 - 08:47

KUALA LUMPUR – Two suspects, one of whom is a Vietnamese national, will appear before the Shah Alam high court in Selangor state on July 28 in the case of the murder of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) citizen Kim Chol . 
The decision was made during the fourth court hearing on the case at the Kajang female prison in Selangor yesterday. 
The two suspects are Vietnamese national Đoàn Thị Hương and Indonesian national Siti Aisyah. 
During the 30-minute hearing, the prosecutor handed over 44 documents to lawyers. Some documents, including the CCTV footage relating to the death will be handed over in one month. 
The Embassy of Việt Nam in Malaysia will continue co-ordinating closely with Vietnamese relevant authorities and Hương’s lawyers in Malaysia to ensure the fair trial and to protect the legitimate rights of the Vietnamese national. 
Kim Chol, as named in his passport, died at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13. Malaysia said he was poisoned, but the DPRK insisted that he died of a heart attack, plus high blood pressure and diabetes. 
At the court hearing on March 1, the two women were charged with murder but they denied and said that they were cheated to take part in an innocuous prank. 
According to the Malaysian law, they will face the death penalty if found guilty. — VNS

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