The trial of the two women accused of assasinating Kim Jong-Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un began today.
Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, are accused of rubbing VX agent in Kim Jong-nam’s face and eyes on 13 February at an airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur, killing him within about 20 minutes. Both women have pled not guilty.
The women allege they were duped into believing they were playing a harmless prank for a hidden-camera show.
South Korea’s spy agency said the brazen killing was part of a five-year plot by North Korea’s ruler, Kim Jong-un, to assassinate a brother who fell from grace and has been critical of North Korea.
Prosecutors are expected to call dozens of witnesses during the trial, starting with medical experts to establish the cause of death. Exposure to VX can result in convulsions, loss of consciousness, paralysis and fatal respiratory failure.
Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, Huong’s lawyer, said the prosecution was expected to last for about two months, after which the judge would decide if there was a strong case for the women to mount a defense. The women face the death penalty if convicted.