A police witness has said the estranged half-brother of North Koreaâ€™s leader met an unidentified Korean American man on a Malaysian resort island four days before he was murdered, as the trial of two women accused of killing him resumed.
Indonesiaâ€™s Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamâ€™s Doan Thi Huong, 29, are accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Namâ€™s face in a crowded airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur last February.
They denied murder when their trial began in Shah Alam on October 2. The two are the only suspects in custody, though prosecutors have said four North Koreans who fled the country were also involved.
Chief police investigating officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz told the court on Monday that Mr Kim flew from Macau to Kuala Lumpur last February 6 and travelled to the northern island of Langkawi two days later.
Mr Wah Azirul was responding to questions from Gooi Soon Seng, Aisyahâ€™s lawyer, who asked him to confirm a report by the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun that, in Langkawi, Mr Kim met a US intelligence agent who was normally based in Bangkok.
â€śUntil now, the identity of the man is not known,â€ť Mr Wan Azirul told the court. He said he could not remember the hotel name or whether the room was registered under Mr Kim or the man, prompting a lashing from Mr Gooi for his â€śsevere lapse of memoryâ€ť.
The trial is to resume on Tuesday.
Mr Gooi has told reporters that Mr Kimâ€™s killing was likely a political assassination because of involvement by the North Korean Embassy. A police witness has testified that a car used to take the North Korean suspects to the airport on the day of the murder belonged to the embassy. The court also heard that an embassy official met the suspects before they fled and facilitated their check-in at the airport.
If they are convicted, the two women could face the death penalty, but not if they lacked intent to kill. Defence lawyers say the women believed they were playing a prank for a hidden camera TV show. Prosecutors contend the women knew they were handling poison.