Pair accused of Kim's 'airport assassination' go on trial

Katrina Barker
October 4, 2017

The trial of the two alleged assailants, Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong, began in a Malaysian court on Monday, with Aisyah and Huong facing the death penalty for their role in the murder.

Shah Mahmood who testified that the victim's cause of death was identified as acute VX agent poisoning.

Norashikin was testifying in the trial of Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (photo), 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, who are charged, along with four others still at large, with the murder of Kim Chol, 45, at the departure hall of the KLIA 2 at 9am on Feb 13 this year.

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.

Those three had been holed up in the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

It is reported that Kim Jong-un had never met his half-brother. He couldn't tell if it was sweat, or something else.

Earlier in the morning session, the court heard that Kim Jong Nam had a mixture of saliva, blood and vomit in his mouth when he arrived at the airport clinic.

He was the eldest son of Kim Jong-il, former leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Both pleaded not guilty at the High Court here Monday.

South Korea accuses the North of being behind the murder of Kim Jong-un's estranged half-brother, who had voiced criticism of the regime after falling from grace and going to live in exile overseas.

Security camera video showed a person grabbing Mr. Kim's face from behind as he walked through the terminal.

The two women arrested and charged with the murder of Kim Jong-nam eight months ago have pleaded not guilty. The judge denied the request.

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.

Kim Jong Nam was transported to a nearby clinic.

But he reportedly fell out of favour in 2001 after he was caught trying to enter Japan on a false passport, saying he wanted to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

Kim Jong-nam had spent the past few years in self-imposed exile in China, drawing global attention in 2012 for his criticism of the regime in Pyongyang and its succession system. But after North Korea barred Malaysian diplomats and their families from leaving its territory, Malaysia relented.

Kim Jong Nam, in his mid-40s, had been waiting for a flight to Macau when he died.

The women wore bulletproof vests in court and nodded as interpreters read out the charges.

The women's lawyers blame North Korean agents for his death.

She was paid up to $200 for each "prank".

Gooi said James was key to Aisyah's defence and that his absence could weaken her case.

He asked Aisyah to do several more pranks at the Kuala Lumpur airport a few days before Kim was attacked.

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