Kim had $100,000 in backpack

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Indonesian defendant Siti Aisyah is escorted by police personnel following her appearance at the Malaysian Chemistry Department. AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Kim Jong-nam was carrying $100,000 in cash in his backpack at the time of his murder, the police officer investigating the case told a Malaysian court yesterday.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, a Vietnamese, are charged with murdering Kim with VX at Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb 13.

The money is now held in the office of the police chief of the Sepang district, which has jurisdiction over the murder site, police official Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz said.

Mr Wan Azirul said he took possession of the victim’s blazer, backpack and watch and handed them to the chemistry department for analysis, but was later told by investigation authorities to hand them over to representatives of the North Korean embassy. “I do not know why, I was following orders,” he added.

The prosecution played more than 30 CCTV videos  of the women’s activities, after Judge Azmi Ariffin overruled defence objections to their admissibility, saying it could be challenged later in the case.

The women’s lawyers said the videos could be considered hearsay, as the investigating officer did not record them himself and was not present to witness the crime. Most of the videos appeared to show the women before, during and after the attack on Kim. The women were mostly seen in separate locations, save for during the attack and later at a taxi stand. The pair were in the same area at the time of the attack, Mr Wan Azirul, confirmed.

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