Kim Jong-nam murder: Accused women plead not guilty, say was tricked

Siti Aisyah 25 from Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong 28 from Vietnam pleaded not guilty to the murder

Two women accused of killing Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother arrived in Malaysia to begin their trial on Monday, eight months after he was poisoned in a crowded airport terminal in broad daylight.

Kim Jong-nam was reportedly at klia2 on Feb 13 to take a flight to Macau when two women came close and suddenly wiped his face with a toxic liquid, which was later confirmed to be the nerve agent VX.

The murder charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Both women nodded when their charges were read aloud at the Shah Alam court that sits outside Kuala Lumpur.

Jong-nam's death also placed Malaysia and North Korea in a bitter diplomatic battle, as the once allies, expelled the other's ambassador from their respective countries.

With their heads bowed and wearing handcuffs and bullet-proof vests, the women walked past a horde of journalists gathered outside the court in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur. They insist they thought it was all just a TV prank.

Malaysian authorities conducted an autopsy and announced he died after coming into contact with VX, which is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations. He died en route to the hospital.

In-mid March Interpol issued a red notice on four male North Korean suspects linked to the murder of Kim - all are believed to have left Malaysia after the attack was carried out.




Muhamad Iskandar said in proving that the two accused were the ones who committed the murder, the prosecution would present direct, circumstantial, expert, scientific and documentary evidence.

One of the lawyers for Doan Thi Huong, 29, said it was unfair for the prosecution not to disclose their details as this would create a disadvantage for the defence.

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong (L) and Indonesian Siti Aishah are seen in this combination picture from undated handouts released by the Royal Malaysia Police to Reuters on February 19, 2017.

They pleaded not guilty after the charge was read to them earlier today.

Asked if High Court judge Justice Azmi Ariffin deemed the names "irrelevant", defence counsel Salim Bashir said no. Premiering on Wednesday, the documentary examines claims that Kim Jong-un and his intelligence services orchestrated the hit - and explores what the assassination reveals about the North Korean leader's intentions and capabilities.

The three North Koreans who had been hiding in the embassy were later allowed to fly home in exchange for nine Malaysians allowed to leave Pyongyang in a deal easing the countries' diplomatic tensions.

The trial is expected to run until Nov 30 and the prosecution is expected to call up to 40 witnesses.

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