Jong-Nam's murder trial resumes today from the first four witnesses

Tuesday, 03 Oct, 2017

Two women go on trial on Monday (Oct 2) accused of murdering the half-brother of North Korea's leader, in an audacious killing in Malaysia that stunned the world and sparked a diplomatic crisis.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, are charged with the murder of Kim Jong-nam by covering his face with the chemical poison VX at Kuala Lumpur's global airport on 13 February.

It was reported that Jong-nam was at KLIA2 on Feb 13 to board a flight to Macau when two women approached and suddenly wiped his face with toxic liquid which was later identified as the VX nerve agent.

After the charges were read to the women in their native languages at Malaysia's High Court, they shook their heads "no" when asked if they were guilty.

Since February, the two young women to the frail stature have appeared before the courts for short procedural hearings, each time under good escort, cuffed and wearing bullet-proof vests.

The girls were told that it was a TV prank, they said.

Malaysian authorities conducted an autopsy and announced he died after coming into contact with VX, which is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations.

Their defence lawyers have said they will argue that the real culprits have left Malaysia.

Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong, 29, and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, arrived in court amid a huge security presence for the beginning of the high-profile trial.

Defence lawyers immediately demanded the court reveal the names of four other people charged over the murder.

The trial continues tomorrow with Dr Adzrul continuing his testimony before Justice Azmi Ariffin.

In all probability, Kim will be the one taking over the throne not just because he is Jong-un's son but the seven-year-old is apparently also being groomed to take over the regime once he is old enough, according to Express UK.

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.

Police in the country said four North Korean suspects fled Malaysia on the day of the killing.

Besides that, there would be other evidence to be presented like the case items found and seized to prove that the two accused and four others still at large had killed the victim, he said.

Prosecutors - who insist the women will get a fair trial - will lay out their case over two months and will call 30 to 40 witnesses.

On March 16, the then Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police had obtained an Interpol red notice for the arrest of four North Koreans believed to be involved in the killing.