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

04 October, 2017, 00:12 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Kim Jong-nam murder trial begins today

Two women are on trial accused of attacking Kim Jong-un's estranged relative with the deadly nerve agent VX at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13, in an assassination that shocked the world.

The women, who had been working as escorts, said they were duped by North Korean agents into believing they were participating in a hidden-camera reality show.

Kim immediately sought help at a service counter, but while waiting at the airport clinic he fainted.

The 11-page report said an examination of Kim Jong Nam's body showed damage to his organs, including part of the brain, both lungs, his liver and spleen.

The murder sparked a furious diplomatic row between North Korea and Malaysia, which had been one of Pyongyang's few allies amid global outrage over its atomic weapons programme.

If convicted, the women face the death penalty. The magistrate's court in Sepang district twice deferred the prosecutors' requests for the case to be moved to a higher court.

Witness Nik Mohamad Adzrul Ariff, a doctor who was on duty at the airport clinic when Kim was brought in after the attack, described how the victim's health deteriorated rapidly.

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"His hands were trembling, I was wondering why". His eyes were red and the police officer said he could still see some liquid on Kim's face.

Nik said Kim was unable to respond when he was asked what had happened. "The defense needs the names for the goal of our defense", Doan's lawyer, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik Hisyam, told the court. He had, however, spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic control of the reclusive, nuclear-armed nation.

He said he had mistakenly reported that Kim was South Korean because he had misidentified his passport, issued under North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Their defence lawyers have said they will argue that the real culprits have left Malaysia. The passport used Kim's pseudonym, Kim Chol.

The women had been told they would be paid at least $100 after the task, said Gooi Soon Seng, the lawyer representing Ms. Siti.

It's claimed over several days, the North Korean, who went by the name James, had Aisyah go out to malls, hotels and airports and rub oil or pepper sauce on strangers, which he would film on his phone. He died after being attacked with a banned nerve agent at a Kuala Lumpur area airport on February 13.

Pyongyang has denied any involvement in the killing, but in court prosecutors said that four men - believed to be four North Koreans who fled Malaysia on the day of murder - were also charged in the case.

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