Women plead not guilty murdering NKorea leader’s half-brother

- Agence France-Presse, SHAH ALAM (Malaysia)

Oct 3, 2017-

Two women pleaded not guilty Monday to murdering the half-brother of North Korea’s leader at the start of their trial in Malaysia, as prosecutors alleged they practised for the assassination before carrying it out.

The trial heard dramatic testimony from a doctor who described the agonising final moments of Kim Jong-Nam’s life after he was attacked with a deadly nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur airport.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong were arrested just days after the killing of Kim on February 13 as he waited to board a plane to Macau.

The women are accused of rubbing toxic VX, a chemical so deadly it is listed as a weapon of mass destruction, on his face.

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.

The defendants claim they were duped into believing they were taking part in a prank for a reality TV show and their lawyers have pointed the finger at North Korean agents.

Published: 03-10-2017 09:54

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