Kim Jong-nam murder: Court charges two women

Two women were charged on Wednesday with the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, after his assassination by a liquid chemical weapon at a Malaysian airport.

Kim Jong-nam murder: Court charges two women

Two women were charged on Wednesday with the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, after his assassination by a liquid chemical weapon at a Malaysian airport.

The women, Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam and Siti Aisyah from Indonesia, allegedly smeared deadly VX nerve agent on Kim's face in Kuala Lumpur airport on 13 February.

They appeared in court near Malaysia's capital, protected by special forces. They could face the death penalty if convicted of murder.


Neither woman was asked to enter a plea, and their trial is not expected to begin for several months.The suspects, who claim they thought they were merely taking part in a prank video, remained composed throughout the brief hearing.

It is widely believed that North Korea was responsible for the attack, which it fiercely denies. Kim Jong-nam, was openly critical of the North Korean regime.

Malaysia's chief prosecutor earlier said no decision had yet been taken on whether to charge a North Korean man, Ri Jong Chol, who is also being held over the killing.

That "depends on the outcome of the police investigation, which is still ongoing", Mohamed Apandi Ali was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.