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Witness at Malaysia trial says 4 more suspects in Kim murder

Witness at Malaysia trial says 4 more suspects in Kim murder

The suspects are among four men, believed to be North Koreans, who were named by case investigator Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz on the eighth day of the trial of Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Hoang, as he testified for the prosecution.

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.

Airport surveillance video presented in court showed Doan walking in the airport with a man wearing a baseball cap, while Siti Aisyah was seen meeting separately with another man who also wore a cap at an airport café just before Kim was attacked at the crowded departure terminal.

North Korea often uses provocative tests to mark key historical commemorations and the country is celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party on Tuesday.

Wan Azirul also told deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin that Doan had mentioned the same names when identifying the four individuals. Prosecutors however, contend the women knew they were handling poison.

Both women are seen hurrying to separate bathrooms, holding their hands away from their bodies as if to avoid contact.

Wan Azirul testified that Chang was also seen in the videos pouring liquid on Siti Aisyah's hands.

They then went to the taxi stand, where they got into a vehicle to leave.

Huong and Aisyah have pleaded not guilty to murder charges that carry a mandatory death sentence if they are convicted.

Their defence lawyers have said Huong and Aisyah were duped by suspected North Korean agents into believing they were playing a harmless prank for a TV show.

In another clip, Siti Aisyah was seen entering a restaurant to meet a man identified as Mr Chang.

According to the AP report, police said Chang was in fact Hong Song Hak and James was also known as Ri Ji U. The latter was one of three North Koreans identified by Malaysian police as persons sought for questioning in the murder probe.

Malaysia has never directly accused North Korea, but South Korea's spy agency has said the attack was part of a five-year plot by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to kill a brother he reportedly never met. Kim Jong Nam was not thought to be seeking influence over his younger brother but had spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic rule.