October trial date for women accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam

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Two young women accused of murdering the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong Un are set to face trial October 2 in a Malaysian court, setting in motion a case of worldwide intrigue pitting the two migrants who claim they are innocent against an unrelenting legal apparatus.

A truck believed to be carrying Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian national Siti Aisyah arrive for their court appearance at the Shah Alam High Court on July 28, 2017, for their alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Both cases would be tried jointly, with pleas taken at the first hearing, he added.

The women, who face the death penalty if convicted, have said they were duped into thinking that they were taking part in harmless prank for a hidden-camera TV show.

The two women are the only suspects in custody in a killing that South Korea's spy agency said was part of a five-year plot by Kim Jong Un to kill a brother he reportedly never met.

The two suspects appeared in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on Friday waiting for the final date of the trial.

At Friday's hearing, police handed over evidence including CCTV footage of the incident to the women's defence lawyers, who had previously complained about lack of access to it despite numerous applications to the prosecution.

Appearing at the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, both women were handcuffed and wearing bullet-proof vests over Malay traditional costume, consisting of a floor-length skirt and a blouse.

He also informed the court that the prosecution would call 30 to 40 witnesses, including 10 expert witnesses.

Shah Alam deputy police chief Superintendent Nek Zaidi Zakaria said police would be involved in an operation dubbed Op Prank.

They are expected to plead not guilty, their lawyers said.

Malaysian police have said four North Korean suspects fled the country on the same day Kim Jong Nam was killed.

The two are the only suspects to be charged with Kim's murder, although Malaysian authorities identified seven North Koreans as suspects early on in the investigation. Under the terms of that agreement, nine Malaysians prevented from leaving Pyongyang were freed and three North Koreans in Malaysia were allowed to go home. They were filmed by a security camera at the same airport.

Pyongyang has denied that it was behind the attack, saying South Korea and the United States were mounting a campaign to discredit it.

Meanwhile, North Korea is expected to soon test another ICBM, ABC News reported.

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