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Defence lawyer slams Malaysian police over Kim murder probe

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SHAH ALAM (AFP) – The Malaysian police’s investigation into the murder of the North Korean leader’s estranged half-brother was “shoddy” and could lead to an unfair trial, a court heard yesterday.

Defence lawyer Gooi Soon Seng, on the 32nd day of the trial of suspects in the Cold War-style killing of Kim Jong Nam, sought to discredit the manner in which the police conducted their probe. Mr Kim was poisoned at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport in February 2017 while he was about to take a flight to Macau.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong are on trial for allegedly smearing the banned nerve agent VX on the face of Mr Kim.

Defence lawyers have argued that the women were recruited to take part in what they thought were prank TV shows but were instead tricked into becoming inadvertent assassins.

Mr. Gooi said police failed to investigate certain evidence and denied him access to Ms Aisyah during her initial 14-day trial.

He pointed out that police showed the court only bits and pieces of CCTV footage of the murder.

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