Malaysian court tells women charged in killing of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother to enter defence

Indonesian Siti Aisyah, who is on trial for the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader, is escorted as she arrives at the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
Reuters

The Malaysian court ruled on Thursday (Aug 16) that the trial against two women accused of the murder of Kim Jong Nam – the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – would continue.

This means that Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong could face the death penalty if found guilty of carrying out the act.

After deciding that there was sufficient evidence, Judge Azmi Ariffin accepted the prosecution’s case and asked both women to enter their defence.

Based on video recordings played in court, the pair – and four others who are still at large – allegedly caused the death of Kim Jong Nam by smearing his face with VX, a nerve agent banned by the United Nations, at a Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb 13 last year.

The women earlier claimed they thought they were carrying out a prank as part of a TV show but had traces of VX found on their clothing. The nerve agent is so deadly it only takes a single, oily drop to kill.

“The prosecution had made out a prima facie case against the accused persons and I must therefore call upon them to enter their defence on their respective charges,” said Shah Alam High Court judge Azmi Ariffin.