Two women, accused of murdering North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother, plead not guilty as their case begins at a court in Malaysia. Graham Mackay reports.
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (REUTERS / ROYAL MALAYSIA POLICE / KRT / STAR TV) – “They Pleaded not quilty and wanted a trial”.
A not guilty plea as the murder trial of Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother gets underway in Malaysia.
The two women charged with killing Kim Jong Nam wearing bullet-proof vests on Monday (October 2) as they arrived at a court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, the city where Kim was poisoned at the international airport back in February.
Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Thi Huong from Vietnam have admitted playing a role in Kim’s death.
The crucial question in this trial: did they actually know what they were doing?
Both have already stated they thought they were taking part in a reality TV prank, and were unaware it would end up being a deadly attack, which the U.S. and South Korea believe was actually masterminded by the Kim Jong Un regime.
But the prosecution say their actions clearly showed intent to kill the victim smearing his face with a lethal VX nerve agent and carrying out several practice runs in Kuala Lumpur shopping malls beforehand.
An additional four unnamed suspects have been charged but are still on the loose.
Prosecutors say they’ll be named at some point during the case, which is expected to run until the end of November.