Indonesian, Vietnamese women plead not guilty to Kim Jong Nam murder

Indonesian, Vietnamese women plead not guilty to Kim Jong Nam murder

Indonesian, Vietnamese women plead not guilty to Kim Jong Nam murder

Footage from the airport security cameras showed the two women, 25-year-old Indonesian citizen Siti Aisyah and 28-year-old Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam, smearing his face with VX, which the United Nations describes as a weapon of mass destruction.

Siti Aisyah, 25, from Indonesia, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from Vietnam, pleaded not guilty at the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital.

Police have named four North Koreans as major suspects in the case, who remain at large.

Defence lawyers are convinced the real culprits have left Malaysia and that the women's innocence will be proven in court.

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North Korea has denied any role in the killing and has not even acknowledged the dead man was Kim Jong Nam.

He died on the way to Putrajaya Hospital from klia2, sparking a diplomatic row between Putrajaya and Pyongyang.

Both woman are charged with murder under section 302 of the Malaysian criminal code, which carries a mandatory death sentence.

He said: "I saw him clutching his head and he was closing his eyes tightly and his face was very red and he was sweating profusely".

The women, who said they were tricked into playing a prank for a TV programme, were detained within two days of the incident and were charged with murder on March 1.

Zulkarnain said he did not ask the victim's name or other personal details while bringing him to the airport clinic, where he jotted down on a piece of paper the particulars he gleamed from his passport and mistakenly wrote "South Korea" for his nationality.

HKL pathologist Dr Nor Ashikin Othman, 44, who conducted tests on Jong-Nam's blood sample said the condition could have been caused by either pesticide or the work of nerve agent.

"Based on the post-mortem examination findings, supporting clinical history and positive laboratory investigation results, I am of the opinion that the cause of death was VX (nerve agent) poisoning following acute onset exposure", he said.

"The charge must be clear", said Siti Aisyah's lawyer, Gooi Soon Seng.

The women's lawyers blame North Korean agents for his death. They argue that their clients, who were living precarious existences among Malaysia's army of migrant workers, are simply taking the rap. 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.

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