Two women accused of Kim Jong Nam airport assassination plead not guilty

by Abel Hampton October 4, 2017, 0:09
Two women accused of Kim Jong Nam airport assassination plead not guilty

The trial of two women, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, a Vietnamese, charged with the assassination of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jing Un has begun in Malaysia.

The two women nodded their heads when the charges were read out to them by two interpreters in the Shah Alam court on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital. Four North Koreans suspected of involvement left the country on the day of the attack and three others were allowed to leave in a deal with Pyongyang. Mr. Kim, 45, was the eldest son of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, and had once been seen as the most likely person to replace him in the country's hereditary dictatorship. Police had identified them by name at the time. "The charge states that my client has common intention with four others.The defence needs the names for the goal of our defence", he said.

"We are fairly confident that at the end of trial, they will probably be acquitted", Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, a lawyer for Huong, said.

The trial, one of the highest-profile court cases in Malaysia in decades, is likely to last for months and will be monitored closely for any insight into how North Korea and its security service operates.

North Korea has a history of ordering killings of people it views as threats to its regime and its chemical weapons arsenal is believed to include the banned VX nerve agent. Premiering on Wednesday, the documentary examines claims that Kim Jong-un and his intelligence services orchestrated the hit - and explores what the assassination reveals about the North Korean leader's intentions and capabilities.

The women had been told they would be paid at least $100 after the task, said Gooi Soon Seng, the lawyer representing Ms. Siti.

She said that at Kim's request she took him to file a report with a police officer before going to a clinic.

A total of 153 witnesses will be called during the trial, which is closely followed by both local and worldwide media. "I was with him for about 10 to 20 minutes", she testified.

Menara clinic doctor Dr Nik Mohd Adzrul Ariff Raja Azlan said he had found Jong-Nam unconscious after being informed by his nurse at the clinic during the time of the incident.

"I saw there was some liquid on his face and his eyes were a little red", he said. Kim said he had been attacked by a woman from behind. "His jaw and teeth were clenched and his eyes were rolling up".

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

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