- Title: File of women in Kim Jong Nam murder trial ahead of court appearance
- Date: 5th November 2018
- Summary: SEPANG, SELANGOR STATE, MALAYSIA (FILE - MARCH 1, 2017) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF SEPANG COURT SIGN READING (Bahasa Malaysia): "BAHASA MALAYSIA SEPANG COURT COMPLEX" ARRIVAL OF VIETNAMESE SUSPECT DOAN THI HUONG AT COURT, BEHIND GUARDS SECURITY WATCHING FROM BALCONY ARRIVAL OF INDONESIAN SUSPECT SITI AISYAH, BEHIND GUARDS POLICE STANDING Indonesian suspect Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong were charged with murder under section 302 of the penal code, which carries the death penalty. Both women told diplomats from their countries that they had been paid to take part in what they believed was a prank for a reality television show. Police said the women smeared VX nerve agent, a chemical on a U.N. list of weapons of mass destruction, on Kim Jong Nam's face in an assault recorded on security cameras in the Malaysian capital's airport on February 13. SEPANG, SELANGOR STATE, MALAYSIA (FILE - APRIL 13, 2017) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF SEPANG COURT SIGN READING (Bahasa Malaysia) "SEPANG COURT COMPLEX, SELANGOR" DOAN THI HUONG ARRIVING SPECIAL POLICE FORCE STANDING SITI AISYAH ARRIVING
- Embargoed: 19th November 2018 03:58
- Keywords: Kim Jong Nam murder accused women court trial airport testimony Kim Jong Nam
- Location: SEPANG, SHAH ALAM, MALAYSIA/ UNKNOWN LOCATION/NARITA, JAPAN
- City: SEPANG, SHAH ALAM, MALAYSIA/ UNKNOWN LOCATION/NARITA, JAPAN
- Country: Malaysia
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA00395915QD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Two women charged with murdering the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will appear in a Malaysian court on Wednesday (November 7) for a case management hearing to fix new trial dates.
The Malaysia high court ruled on August 16 that prosecutors had successfully established a case against the pair and called for them to enter their defense.
Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, a Vietnamese, were charged with killing Kim Jong Nam by smearing his face with VX, a chemical poison banned by the United Nations, at a Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13, 2017.
Their defence lawyers had said the killing was politically motivated, with many key suspects linked to the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, suggesting the women were mere pawns. The women told their lawyers they did not know they were participating in a deadly attack and believed they were carrying out a prank for a reality TV show.
The two suspects, both in their 20s, are the only suspects in custody and face the death penalty if convicted. Four North Korean men, who had fled Malaysia, were also charged and Interpol alerts were issued for their arrest.
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