2 women plead not guilty to killing N.Korean leader's half-brother

Marie Harrington
October 4, 2017

The two women accused of murdering North Korean leader Kim Jong un's half-brother Kim Jong-Nam have pleaded not guilty at the start of their trial in Malaysia.

The two are accused of smearing Kim Jong Nam's face with a toxic VX nerve agent, killing him at Kuala Lumpur airport February 13.

Journalists wait to enter the Shah Alam High Court, where Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong are on trial for the killing of Kim, on Oct 2, 2017.

Last week, Malaysia took another step to restrict travel between the two countries, announcing that its citizens would no longer be allowed to go to the North.

In the months since Kim's death, both women have insisted they did not know their actions would kill the man.

The North Korean regime denies it was behind the killing of the North Korean President's half-brother Kim Jong Nam in an attack at the Kuala Lumpur International airport earlier this year. He died en route to the hospital.

The murder charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction. A post-mortem report submitted as evidence to the trial showed that VX was found not just on Kim's face and eyes but also in his blood and urine, and on his clothes and luggage.

They are accused of spreading a poison on Kim Jong Nam's face to kill him.

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The accused women, an Indonesian and Vietnamese national, say they thought they were part of a reality TV show when they wiped a lethal nerve agent on the victim's face. At the airport on the day of Kim's death, Chang pointed him out to Aisyah as the next target and put the poison on her hand, the lawyer said.

He said Kim then fell unconscious, his blood pressure dropped to 70/40, and then his pulse was lost.

The court heard testimonies and cross-examinations from three witnesses yesterday, including Rabiatul Adawiyah Mohd Sofi, a medical assistant at Menara clinic at klia2, who said that Jong-nam was conscious but clearly in pain when he was brought to the clinic.

"The way the police conducted the investigation in this case is shrouded in mystery", said the lawyer Aisyah, Gooi Soon Seng, accusing the authorities of not cooperating.

Their lawyers argue the women were duped and the true culprits were North Korean agents who told the women what to do.

Kim weighed 96 kilograms and had tattoos on his chest, arms and back, including a coloured dragon head breathing fire and a man with two fish-like figures, the report said.

Deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin said it was premature at this stage for the defence to request the names as the prosecution would disclose the names during the trial.

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