Indonesia continues to request consular access to Siti Aisyah

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Government continued to communicate with the Malaysian authority in requesting for a consular access to Siti Aisyah, who was named a suspect in the murder of a North Korean named Kim Jong Nam in Malaysia.

Director of Indonesian Citizens Protection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Muhammad Iqbal in a statement received here on Saturday stated that Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi had contacted her Malaysian counterpart requesting for the same.

"The consular access is needed for the Indonesian Embassy to ensure that proper legal rights are fulfilled during the ongoing legal process," Iqbal said.

A team of lawyers had been tasked by the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to provide legal assistance to Aisyah.

Although the lawyers have communicated and met the Malaysian authority, they are yet to be allowed to meet Aisyah.

However, it was reported that Aisyahs health condition was not good, Iqbal remarked.

According to the Malaysian regulation, it was not possible to meet her until the investigation was completed, he stated.

On Friday, Aisyah and the other suspects had conducted a crime scene reconstruction at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The Malaysian authority has detained the fourth suspect, a North Korean citizen, in connection with the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Aisyah, a second woman traveling on a Vietnamese passport, and a boyfriend of one of them have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the death of Kim Jong Nam.(*)