Kim Jong-un brother's murder trial begins as suspects plead not guilty

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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.

In his opening statement, Selangor prosecution director Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad who led the prosecution team, submitted to the court that evidence clearly showed that accused Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, had used the highly toxic chemical, classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations, to kill Jong-nam.

The prosecution said the intention was apparent as the accused smeared the victim's face and eyes with VX nerve agent, which a post-mortem confirmed had killed Kim.

After the charges were read to them in court in Indonesian and Vietnamese, the two women entered their pleas through interpreters.

The prosecution said that experts will be called upon to prove that the deadly VX poison was the cause of the half-brother's death.

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.

They demanded the prosecution immediately name four other suspects who have also been charged in the case, but who are still at large.

Earlier, the two accused had pleaded not guilty to the murder charge read to them before judge Datuk Azmi Ariffin. However, the duo has said that they were tricked into the act by North Korean agents.

Kim Jong-un brother's murder trial begins as suspects plead not guilty
Kim Jong-un brother's murder trial begins as suspects plead not guilty

However, each's identity will be revealed as the trial continues. He said Kim fainted at the airport clinic and died in the ambulance while en route to a hospital.

During the Monday trial, two prosecution witnesses, a woman at the airport's information counter and a police officer who assisted Kim after the attack, were cross-examined by the defense lawyers.

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. They have repeated have been deceived, that they thought to participate in a tv show style " hidden camera ".

Their defence lawyers have also said that Huong and Aisyah are innocent and the real killers have in fact left Malaysia.

Pyongyang has denied any involvement in the death.

Although Malaysia has never directly accused North Korea of carrying out the attack, speculation is rampant that Pyongyang orchestrated the hit on a long-exiled member of its ruling family.

"However, in my report, I wrote that he (Jong-Nam) was a South Korean citizen as I did not comprehend the meaning of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPR) (North Korea) written in his passport".

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