by Ganesh Sahathevan
While the facts of the methods of payment are not clear, it does appear that senior Malaysian lawyer Jagjit Singh is in breach of UN and US North Korea sanctions:
The high profile Malaysian court case for the murder of North Korea’s Kim Jong Nam saw the magistrate court judge transferring the case to the High Court on Tuesday (May 30), after it was delayed twice due to the prosecution’s request for evidence and document compilation.
The case is now transferred to the Shah Alam High Court in Selangor with the upper court to fix a date for case management before proceeding to trial.
A lawyer representing North Korea was present to watch the brief. Jagjit Singh, was employed by the North Korean embassy to provide legal assistance. “All I do is report to the embassy,” he told reporters
According to news portal Malaysiakini, Jagjit Singh, 75, was appointed by the North Koreans on March 2, shortly after Jong Nam, the half-brother of their leader Kim Jong Un, was murdered at klia2 from what is believed to be the administration of the VX nerve agent directly on his skin.
Speaking to reporters after the case was re-mentioned and transferred to the High Court in Shah Alam today, Jagjit said he had earlier also helped three North Korean suspects in the murder case return to their home country.
“We worked behind the scenes, negotiated with the government for them to send the three back,” Malaysiakini reported him as saying.
The three suspects were chemist Ri Jong Chol, Air Koryo staff Kim Uk Il, and North Korean embassy second secretary Hyong Kwan Song.
The lawyer said he was tasked to protect the embassy’s interests, and to report to the North Korean authorities what transpired in court.