April 23, 2018

Two accused plead not guilty in Kim Jong Nam murder trial

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Two women have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, at the start of their trial in Malaysia.

Security footage showed the two women, 25-year-old Indonesian Siti Aisyah, and 29-year-old Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong, walking up behind Kim and rubbing their hands on his face.

The Vietnamese Thi Huong and the Indonesian Siti Aisyah is on trial for the assassination of Kim Jong-nam.

Pyongyang has denied any involvement in the killing, but in court prosecutors said that four men - believed to be four North Koreans who fled Malaysia on the day of murder - were also charged in the case.

On July 28, Shah Alam High Court judge Datuk Azmi Ariffin fixed 23 days for trial till Nov 30.

Kim was the eldest son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

The assassinated half-brother of Kim Jong Un showed signs of serious nerve poisoning immediately following an attack at an airport in Kuala Lumpur. In 2012, he told a Japanese journalist that he expected his brother to "fail" as North Korean leader, and called for economic reform.

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The prosecution said the actions of the women, as well as the four other suspects, showed an "intent to kill the victim" by smearing Kim Jong-nam's face and eyes with the poison. Political analysts have said the decision to let the North Korean suspects go was a political deal meant to end a standoff and free the Malaysians who were trapped in the north. "He was closing his eyes tightly and his face was also very red", the physician testified.

Mr Kim died in February at Kuala Lumpur's airport in a mysterious case that has gripped the world.

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.

It was reported that Jong-nam was at Klia 2 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.

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.

The medical staff were able to stop Kim's seizure by administering adrenaline and other medicine, but then he entered a state of shock and his blood pressure plummeted.

During the Monday trial, two prosecution witnesses, a woman at the airport's information counter and a police officer who assisted Kim after the attack, were cross-examined by the defense lawyers. They argue that their clients, who were living precarious existences among Malaysia's army of migrant workers, are simply taking the rap.

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