Women deny murdering North Korean leader's brother

03 October, 2017, 01:14 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Indonesia's ambassador to Malaysia Rusdi Kirana walks towards journalists at the Shah Alam High Court compound during the trial for Indonesian national Siti Aisyah 25 in Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur on Oct. 2 2017. Two women go on trial on O

Two women accused of smearing a banned nerve agent on the face of the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader pleaded not guilty as their trial began Monday in the February 13 assassination at a crowded Malaysian airport terminal.

Both women who face the death penalty if convicted told their lawyers they did not know they were participating in a deadly attack and believed they were carrying out a prank for a reality TV show, when they administered the nerve agent banned by the United Nations on Kim at Kuala Lumpur's worldwide airport on February 13.

Drawing on interviews with a leading North Korean defector, diplomats, Kim Jong-nam's school friends and even a former North Korean secret agent, North Korea's Deadly Dictator sheds light on the inner workings of the Kim family, and how Kim Jong-un is trying to ensure his regime's survival.

Siti Aisyah, from Indonesia, and Doan Thi Huong, from Vietnam, entered their pleas at Malaysia's High Court on Monday, almost eight months after the airport assassination.

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.

Muhamad Iskandar said a pathologist from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital Forensics Department where the post-mortem was carried out had stated the cause of the victim's death as "Acute VX (Nerve Agent) Poisoning".

Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who arrived at the heavily guarded court in handcuffs and wearing bulletproof vests, entered their pleas through interpreters as proceedings got under way. They have repeated have been deceived, that they thought to participate in a tv show style " hidden camera ".

The diminutive pair bowed their heads as they were led into court past waiting journalists.


The trial continues tomorrow with Dr Adzrul continuing his testimony before Justice Azmi Ariffin.

Personalities north Korean with a party related to the case have fled to Malaysia immediately after the murder.

Kim died an agonising death about 20 minutes after the hit, which was caught on airport CCTV as the VX rapidly shut down his central nervous system.

"I was approached by a Malay lady, who works at the airport information counter and a "plump man with a chubby face" whose race I was unable to tell seeking to lodge a police report".

Huong's family, who followed the start of the trial from Vietnam, said they felt powerless to help her but insisted they still believed she was innocent. The North denies the allegation.

South Korean and United States officials have said Kim Jong-un's regime was behind the murder.

Before the trial began, Aisyah's lawyer Gooi Soon Seng said the core defence will be that she didn't know she had poison on her hand when she smeared Kim's face and was instead the victim of an elaborate trick, Japan Times reported (via the Associated Press).

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