Kim Jong Nam trial: 2 women plead not guilty to killing Kim Jong Un’s half-brother

Two ladies accused of fatally poisoning the estranged half brother of North Korea’s ruler pleaded not guilty as their inquiry inaugurated Monday in Malaysia’s High Court, roughly eight several months after the brazen airfield assassination.

Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam are suspected of slandering Kim Jong Nam’s face with the banned VX nerve agent on Feb. 13 at a cramped airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur, killing him within about 20 times. The dames say they thought they were playing a harmless escapade for a hidden-camera show.

Indonesian suspect Siti Aisyah, left, and Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong, both suspects in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam ( AP Photo/ Daniel Chan, File)

After ask questions service charges to be read in their native expressions, the women shook their brains when asked if they were guilty.

The wives are the only suspects in custody in a destructive that South Korea’s spy agency said was part of a five-year planned by North Korean master Kim Jong Un to kill two brothers he reportedly never gratified. Police say various North Koreans was accused of involvement left the country on the day of the two attacks and others were allowed to leave eventually in a diplomatic deal with Pyongyang.

Lawyers for two women, who face the death penalty if imprisoned, asked the tribunal to oblige prosecutors to recognize four beings still at large mentioned in the charge sheet as having a common intention to kill Kim.

“A fair visitation must include the right to information, ” Gooi Soon Seng, Aisyah’s lawyer, told the court. “The charge must be clear , not ambiguous.”

Prosecutors will now start to call their observers, with the first few likely to be medical professionals to install the cause of death. The trial is expected to last for about two months, after which the referee will decide if there is a strong occurrence for the women to have to attach their protection, said Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, Huong’s lawyer.

Kim, who was 45 or 46, was the eldest lad of their own families that has governed North koreans since its founding, yet he reportedly fell out of indulgence in 2001 when he was caught trying to enter Japan on a mistaken passport, saying he wanted to visit Tokyo Disneyland. He had been living abroad for years and at the time of writing of his death was traveling on a North Korean diplomatic passport under the epithet “Kim Chol.”

North Korea has a long biography of succession killings of beings it views as threats to its regiman, though Kim was not thought to be seeking influence over his younger brother. He had, nonetheless, voiced out publicly against his family’s dynastic self-restraint of the reclusive, nuclear-armed nation.

Pyongyang has repudiated any character in the killing and has not even accepted the dead man was Kim Jong Nam. It has suggested the victim died of a heart attack and alleged Malaysia of working with South Korean and other “hostile forces” in denouncing Pyongyang.

The trial will be closely watched by the Indonesian and Vietnamese authorities, which have hired lawyers to defend the women.

Aisyah’s core defense lies in the fact that she didn’t know “shes had” lethal on her hand when she smeared Kim’s face and was instead the main victims of an elaborated subterfuge, her lawyer Gooi said before the tribulation began. The 25 -year-old was at a tavern in Kuala Lumpur in early January when she was recruited by a North Korean man to perform in what he said were video escapade presents, Gooi said.

Over the course of several days, the Northern korean, who went by the appoint James, had Aisyah go out to malls, hotels and airports and chafe lubricant or spice sauce on strangers, which he would cinema on his telephone, the lawyer said.

Aisyah was paid $100 – $200 for each escapade and hoped the income would be facilitated her to stop working as an bodyguard, Gooi said.

In late January, Aisyah controlled to Cambodia, where James interposed her to a serviceman announced Chang, who said he was individual producers of video escapade pictures for the Chinese market, the lawyer said. Back in Malaysia, Chang expected Aisyah to do various more escapades at the Kuala Lumpur airport a few days before Kim was criticized. At international airports on the day of Kim’s death, Chang objected him out to Aisyah as the next target and leant the deadly on her paw, the lawyer said.

Police say neither Chang nor James were who they say they were. Chang was actually Hong Song Hac, one of four Northern korean suspects who left Malaysia on the day of the killing, while James was Ri Ji U, one of another three Northern korean who obstruct inside their country’s embassy in Kuala Lumpur to avoid questioning.

Those three were later allowed to fly home in exchange for nine Malaysians allowed to leave Pyongyang in a deal easing the countries’ diplomatic frictions. Gooi said James was key to Aisyah’s defense and that his absence could weaken her case.

Aisyah, who has a lad, has wrote to her family and told them to pray for her “so that the event will be completed soon and I can go back home.”

The 29 -year-old Vietnamese suppose Huong was caught on airport security surveillance camera wearing a grey sweatshirt decorated with the big-hearted pitch-black notes “LOL” — the acronym for tittering out loud. Little is known about her. Grown in a rice raise in northern Vietnam, their own families said they had just discovered from her since she left home a decade ago.

She made postings on a Facebook page under the list Ruby Ruby, according to her niece, Dinh Thi Quyen.

Photos on the page demo Huong wearing a grey shirt that says “LOL, ” like the one pictured during the attack. It evidences her posing for selfies in January in Cambodia and in Kuala Lumpur a few dates before the attack.

Her last announce was on the morning of Feb. 11, two days before the two attacks, from an province near the airport.

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