Kim Jong-nam murder: Women plead not guilty in trial

  • Kim Jong-nam murder: Women plead not guilty in trial

Kim Jong-nam murder: Women plead not guilty in trial

The audacious nature of his killing, using the highly toxic VX nerve agent as he waited for a flight at Kuala Lumpur airport in February, shocked the world.

The women told the court that they thought they were taking part in a television prank show that used hidden cameras.

The women face the death penalty if convicted. "The defense needs the names for the goal of our defense", Doan's lawyer, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik Hisyam, told the court.

The prosecution said both the accused had carried out several practice runs at shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur ahead of the attack on Kim Jong Nam. The magistrate's court in Sepang district twice deferred the prosecutors' requests for the case to be moved to a higher court.

The trial is expected to last until November 30. The prosecution team will be submitting a statement to "prove beyond doubt" the role played by the four men, who are still at large.

Less than a month after the murder, a video emerged purporting to show his son, Kim Han Sol, saying he was in hiding - and that he had been helped by an organization calling itself Cheollima Civil Defense.

Jong-nam, who travelled with a passport bearing the name of Kim Chol, died while on the way to the Putrajaya Hospital.

"I saw there was some liquid on his face and his eyes were a little red", he said.

Both US and South Korean officials claim that the hermit nation is behind the murder, however Pyongyang denies any involvement.

Earlier, in her testimony today, Norashikin said the level of cholinesterase enzyme in Jong Nam's samples were about 15 times lower than the normal enzyme level a man is supposed to have.

His blood pressure dropped and his pulse then stopped, Nik added.

Mr Kim, who was in his mid-40s, was the estranged older half-brother of leader Kim Jong-un, and had been living overseas at the time of his death.

Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong, 29, worked the trade in southeast Asia, trolling for wealthy men.

Aisyah's lawyer, Gooi Soon Seng, said before the trial began that her defence will be that she didn't know she had poison on her hand when she smeared Kim's face and was instead the unwitting victim of an elaborate trick.

Malaysia had named many North Koreans who could have been responsible for the attack, but they are all said to have fled the country after the attack on Jong-nam, reported BBC.

She also concurred with prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin that the VX nerve agent can affect the heart and lung muscle as well as the glands controlling the saliva and mucus.