Tuesday 12 December 2017

Kim Jong-nam death: Murder trial begins in Malaysia

The trial of two women accused of murdering Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, has begun at a Malaysian court.

Mr Kim died in February at Kuala Lumpur airport, in a widely publicised case.

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian Siti Aisyah allegedly rubbed toxic nerve agent VX on his face.

The two women have claimed they were tricked into doing so. North Korean agents are widely suspected of orchestrating the attack.

Pyongyang has denied any involvement in the death.

The women were seen entering a court in Shah Alam, outside of Kuala Lumpur, with their heads bowed on Monday morning.

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Mr Kim was the estranged older half-brother of leader Kim Jong-un, and had been living overseas at the time of his death.

The two women were arrested by Malaysian police days after his death.

They are expected to plead not guilty at the trial, and their defence lawyers have said they will argue that the real culprits have left Malaysia.

Malaysia has named several North Koreans, who fled the country shortly after the killing, in connection to the case.

The incident led to a diplomatic row and a severe strain in ties between the two countries, which expelled each other’s ambassadors.

Article originally posted at bbc.co.uk