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Further Remand For Hawker In Single Mother Murder Case

IPOH – A 34-year-old hawker at the general market here has been remanded for another seven days in connection with the murder last Monday of a single mother.

Police today obtained the extension order effective tomorrow through Magistrate’s Court assistant registrar N.Mageswari.

The suspect was detained around 12noon on March 13 after the body of the woman aged 53, who had apparently been stabbed was found in a bedroom on the upper floor of a house at Taman Dato Lew Yap Sip, Ampang here.

Investigations revealed forced entry through the front door and bedroom door, while the curtain and chair in the room were also partly burnt.

The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code. – BERNAMA

A court in the Indonesian holiday island of Bali jailed a British man for six years on Monday (13/3) for his role in the murder of a traffic policeman.

David Taylor, 33, and his Australian girlfriend Sara Connor, 45, were arrested in August last year after the body of police official Wayan Sudarsa was found on the popular Kuta beach, with wounds to his head and neck.

Taylor and Connor were involved in an altercation with Sudarsa whom they suspected of stealing Connor’s purse.

“The defendant has been proven to have violated the law and is sentenced to six years in prison,” presiding judge Yanto, who goes by one name, told the courtroom.

Taylor, dressed in a white shirt and black pants, nodded as a legal aide translated. He had denied killing the policeman.

Prosecutors had called for an eight-year sentence.

Connor is expected to be sentenced later in the day. – JG

GEORGE TOWN – A housewife was charged in the Magistrate’s Court here today with the murder of her maid.

Chan Lay Lee,42, nodded to indicate she understood the charge when it was read out to her in Mandarin. No plea was recorded from her.

She allegedly killed Jubedah, 38, an Indonesian at a house in Lebuhraya Jelutong here, between 11am and 4.45pm on Feb 25 this year.

If convicted, she faces the mandatory death sentence under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

Magistrate Mohamad Amin Shahul Hamid set May 11 for remention. Deputy public prosecutor Nurul Fatin Hussin appeared for the prosecution.

Chan was also charged in the Sessions Court with causing grievous hurt to Anad, 22, a Cambodian woman, with an iron rod at the same place at 11am between July 2016 and Feb 28, this year.

She claimed trial to the charge under Section 326 of the Penal Code, which carries 20 years imprisonment and a fine or whipping, on conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Nurul Huda Idris did not propose bail.

Judge Irwan Suainbon did not grant bail on security factors and set May 11 for mention pending the victim’s medical report.

The accused was represented by counsel A.Rubern. – BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA: The North Korean suspect arrested in connection with the murder of Kim Jong-nam will be deported on Friday.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali (pic) confirmed that Ri Jong-chol, who was detained on Feb 18, would be released from police custody after his second remand expires, and deported.

“He will not be charged here as there is insufficient evidence against him,” Apandi told The Star Online when contacted Thursday.

He also said that Ri, who was detained at his condominium in Jalan Kuchai Lama, would need to deported as he does not possess valid documents.

Ri, described as an expert in chemistry, was supposedly working at the IT department of Tombo Enterprise Sdn Bhd, a company producing anti-cancer supplements in Cheras.

He graduated in the science and medicine field from a university in North Korea in 2000. Some 10 years later he worked for a research centre in Kolkata, India, until 2011.

Ri allegedly drove one of four North Korean men who are believed to be the masterminds behind Jong-nam’s murder.

The four – Ri Ji-hyon, 33, Hong Song-hac, 34, O Jong-gil, 55 and Ri Jae-nam – are still being hunted by police for reportedly orchestrating the attack on Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

However, the four men are believed to have fled Malaysia and returned to Pyongyang soon after the murder at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) departure hall on Feb 13.

The two women who allegedly administered the deadly VX nerve agent that killed Jong-nam, Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, were charged with murder at the Sepang magistrate’s court on Wednesday.


KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia said on Saturday it would issue an arrest warrant for a North Korean diplomat wanted for questioning over the murder of Kim Jong-nam if he doesn’t voluntarily cooperate with the police.

“Reasonable” time will be given for the diplomat to come forward before police take further action, said Selangor police chief Datuk Seri Abdul Samah Mat (pic).

On Wednesday, Malaysia said 44-year-old Hyon Kwang Song, a second secretary at the North Korean embassy here, was wanted for questioning over the death of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

He said if the person concerned did not cooperate the police would issue a notice under Malaysian law, “compelling” them to appear before the investigation team.

“And if he failed to turn up upon given this notice, then we will go to the next step by getting a warrant of arrest from the court,” he told reporters.

Eight North Koreans are wanted in connection with the case, including the diplomat. One has been detained by the Malaysian police, four are believed to have fled to North Korea, while two others are still in Malaysia.

Jong-nam was murdered on Feb 13 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 by VX nerve agent, classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction, Malaysian police said on Friday.

Two women – one Indonesian and one Vietnamese – have also been detained. Police had said on Friday that one of them had suffered from the effects of VX and had been vomiting.

Samah also confirmed that authorities raided an apartment in an upscale Kuala Lumpur suburb on Wednesday in connection with the killing.

Investigators were still looking for any traces of chemicals in the apartment, he added. – Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR: There was no police team sent to Macau to collect DNA samples from the family of Kim Jong-nam, said Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic).

Refuting reports which appeared in certain dailies, the Inspector-General of Police said no such team had been sent.

“We have not sent any team to retrieve any DNA samples.

“We have not received any samples as well,” he told the media at the Kuala Lumpur police Chinese New Year open house here on Thursday.

A North Korean diplomat and a staff member of the North Korean national airline are being sought by the police in the widening probe of Jong-nam’s assassination.

According to Khalid, investigations are ongoing and police are waiting to interview North Korean Embassy Second Secretary Hyon Kwang Song, 44, and Air Koryo employee Kim Uk Il, 37.

Jong-nam, 45, the estranged half-brother of North Korea supreme leader Kim Jong-un, was assassinated on Feb 13 at the KLIA2 by two women who poisoned him.

Four people have so far been arrested in relation to the case.

They are Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28; Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25; North Korean Ri Jong-chol, 47, and Siti Aisyah’s boyfriend, Malaysian Muhammad Farid Jalaluddin.

The remand for Doan and Siti Aisyah was extended for a further seven days while the boyfriend would be released on police bail.

Four North Koreans who were also involved in the murder have returned to Pyongyang.

Malaysian police had requested the North Korean government to hand them over.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/02/23/no-police-team-sent-to-macau/#ixzckJrkXcryEgID.99

PETALING JAYA: Indonesia officials will wait for the investigations into the murder of North Korean Kim Jong-nam to conclude before seeking consular access to its citizen, Siti Aisyah (pic), who is one of the suspects in the case.

In a statement to Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry’s director Lalu Muhammad Iqbal who is in charge of protection of Indonesian nationals and entities abroad said the republic respected the legal process that is currently underway in Malaysia.

“We will continue to wait until they grant us consular access (to Siti Aisyah). That will be our focus,” he was quoted as saying by the English daily.

Iqbal however insisted that it was too early to jump to any conclusions amid Malaysian investigators’ decision to extend Siti’s remand for another seven days due to a lack of evidence.

“It is too soon to make any legal inferences from the case,” he told the Jakarta Post.

It was also reported that Indonesia’s National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian that the police were also in contact with their counterparts in Malaysia.

Tito said it was up to the Malaysian authorities to determine whether there was enough evidence to make a case against Siti and other persons of interest.

“We will look into it, but whether or not their testimonies are false will be completely up to (Malaysian authorities),” Tito was quoted as saying.

“If the (suspect) turns out to be innocent, then we cannot put our teeth into it. But if she is clearly proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt, then she ought to be processed in accordance with the prevailing legal system (in Malaysia),” he added.

Siti Aisyah, 25, is one of four people arrested so far by Malaysian police over the murder of Jong-nam, older half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

On Feb 13, Jong-nam was at the KL International Airport 2 (KLIA2) in Sepang, Malaysia, at about 8am, waiting for his flight to Macau, when a woman suddenly covered his face with a cloth laced with what is believed to be poison.

Jong-nam sought help at a customer service counter and was rushed to hospital but died on the way. The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network


SUNGAI PETANI – A Indian plantation labourer was charged in the Magistrate’s Court here today with the murder of a Sri Lankan man.

However, no plea was recorded from Durga Rao Ketali, 30, when the charge was read out to him in Tamil.

He allegedly killed Sumith Nisantha Silva Appu Kankanamalage in his 50s, in front of a house at Ladang Padang Buluh Jalan Sidam Kiri in Sungai Petani at 9pm on Feb 9.

Magistrate Adibah Husna Zainal Abidin set April 2 for remention. – BERNAMA

SERANG (Indonesia): The family of Siti Aisyah (pic) is surprised that she went to Malaysia, having had little contact with her since she started working in Batam five years ago.

Siti Aisyah was one of four suspects arrested by Malaysian police over the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the older half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

As far as the family is concerned, Siti Aisyah, 25, was working as a clothing salesperson in Batam, said her father Asria Nur Hasan, 56.

Asria said Siti Aisyah only had a primary religious school education but was hardworking and determined to unshackle herself from poverty, even as a young girl.

He said she started working as a clothing salesperson in Jakarta when she was in a teenager.

Asria also dismissed reports saying that Siti Aisyah was fluent in English and Korean.

He said Siti Aisyah was married to a businessman and had a son. When she got divorced in 2012, she left home to work in Batam.

“After she went to Batam, we hardly saw her. The last time she returned home was during Chinese New Year last month. She said then that she was working as a salesperson.

“We are indeed surprised that she had gone to Malaysia,” Asria said when met at his home in Kampung Rancasumur, Sindangsari Pabuaran, here.

Serang is the capital city of Banten province in the westernmost part of Java.

Siti Aisyah is the youngest of three siblings. Her two brothers work as labourers and their parents eke out a living selling potatoes and turmeric.

Asria said the family members learned of Siti Aisyah’s arrest from her in-laws last Thursday, but had no other information since and no visits by any authorities until recently.

“Two days ago, a Foreign Ministry representative came and confirmed that my daughter had been arrested in Malaysia, but we were not told what happened,” he said.

Asria spoke highly of Siti Aisyah, saying she was an active child who made her parents proud as she was self-reliant and did not brood over the hardships she experienced.

“Despite being poor, Siti Aisyah was a hardworking and friendly girl, but never naughty,” he said.

Asria expressed a desire to meet his daughter.

“We can only cry thinking about the fate of our youngest daughter,” he lamented.

Malaysian police have so far arrested Siti Aisyah, another woman who carried a Vietnamese passport with the name Doan Thi Huong, a Malaysian man said to be Siti Aisyah’s boyfriend and a North Korean man. – Bernama


PETALING JAYA: The two women suspected to have murdered North Korean Kim Jong-nam were apparently living in China for the past three months before their deadly “assignment”.

According to a report by China Press, both Siti Aishah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 29, may not be North Korean agents, but were possibly duped by a spy ring to commit the assassination.

Indonesian national Siti Aishah was the second suspect to be arrested at 2am on Thursday while Doan – a Vietnamese – was arrested a day earlier.

The two women were said to have stayed in China for between one and three months to get to know a certain male individual. During this time, they also worked as female escorts, reported China Press.

It reported that the man they befriended was a spy who introduced Doan to the four men, whom police are hunting down in connection with the assassination.

Siti Aishah got involved when Doan was asked by the man to find a partner to shoot a prank video.

The two women, who knew each other, apparently rehearsed the “spoof” many times and were able to carry out the process proficiently.

The report also said that Siti Aishah was tasked with using a handkerchief to cover Jong-nam’s face while Doan administered an injection.

The two women have claimed that they had no idea that it would lead to trouble as they thought it was only supposed to be a filming of the prank being carried out.

China Press reported that Siti Aishah claims she only met the other male suspects recently, and was unaware of who either Kim Jong-un or Kim Jong-nam was.

She alleged that she was paid US$100 (RM445) to pull off the “prank”.

Jong-nam, 45, was killed by two women who splashed his face with a chemical at the KLIA2 departure hall at about 9am on Monday as he was about to leave for Macau.

The women later got into a taxi and fled.