Kim Jong Nam case: Malaysia gives Indonesia consular access to detained citizen

Kim Jong Nam case: Malaysia gives Indonesia consular access to detained citizen

Malaysia has given Indonesia consular access to its citizen who is being detained in connection with the alleged assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

JAKARTA: Malaysia has given Indonesia consular access to its citizen who was detained in connection with the alleged assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Siti Aisyah, 25, is one of two women who is accused of intercepting Kim Jong Nam last Monday as he was preparing to board a flight at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2.

A deadly chemical identified by Malaysian authorities as VX nerve agent was allegedly used to kill him.

Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said news about the consular access was conveyed directly to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi by her Malaysian counterpart Anifah Aman on Friday (Feb 24).

Indonesian officials will be allowed to see Siti Aisyah on Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Ms Retno said she has instructed the Indonesian embassy in Malaysia to make full use of the access given.

The Foreign Ministry added that the consular access will be used to conduct physical verification of Siti Aisyah, ascertain her heath condition and gather information to provide further legal assistance.

Footage released earlier this week by Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV appears to show two women lunge at the victim as he prepared to board a flight to the Chinese territory of Macau.

They grab at his face and then quickly walk away in different directions. Later clips show the victim asking airport officials for medical help.

Family members of Indonesian national Siti Aishah have said she believed she had been part of a prank on a TV show.

But Malaysian police have said the two women had rehearsed the attack before carrying it out and had been instructed to wash their hands afterwards.

Police have also arrested the Vietnamese woman and a North Korean man. Seven other North Koreans, including a diplomat at their embassy in Kuala Lumpur, are also wanted.

Source: CNA/REUTERS/ec

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