Alleged Killers Of Kim Jong Un's Half-Brother Plead Not Guilty

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Eight months after Kim Jong Nam dropped dead at Kuala Lumpur global airport, two women arrested and charged with his murder pleaded not guilty on the first day of the much-anticipated trial in Malaysia on Monday.

Earlier during cross-examination, pathology specialist from HKL, Dr Norashikin Othman, 44, agreed with lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik's suggestion that the pathologist report could mean that the accused, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25 and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28 were not exposed to the VX nerve agent.

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, center, is escorted by police as she leaves after the court hearing at Shah Alam court house in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Oct. 2.

Malaysia had named many North Koreans who could have been responsible for the attack, but they are all said to have fled the country after the attack on Jong-nam, reported BBC.

Opening the prosecution, Mr Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad said the women's actions showed their "intention to kill" and described how they had practised for the hit before carrying it out for real.

Kim Jong Nam, in his mid-40s, had been waiting for a flight to Macau when he died.

They say they were hoodwinked by men suspected of being North Korean agents.

They face the death penalty if convicted.

A copy of the post-mortem report, submitted as evidence, showed that traces of VX were found not only on Kim's eyes and face but also in his blood and urine, and on his clothing and bag.

Experts believe the attack needed two people to smear Kim Jong Nam because each assailant had precursors to VX in their liquid and a chemical reaction on his face turned the liquids into the nerve agent.

The court heard the testimony of airport worker Juliana Idris and Police Lance Corporal Mohd Zulkarnain Sanudin, who saw Kim before he died in the airport clinic.

She said such condition could have been caused by either pesticide or a nerve agent.

Physician Nik Mohd Adzrul Ariff Raja Azlan, who tended to the victim and was the last witness to testify on Monday, said Kim was sweating profusely.

Zulkarnain said he did not ask the victim's name or other personal details while bringing him to the airport clinic, where he jotted down on a piece of paper the particulars he gleamed from his passport and mistakenly wrote "South Korea" for his nationality.

Kim soon fell unconscious and his pulse stopped beating, Nik testified.

Over the course of several days, the North Korean, who went by the name of James, had Aisyah go out to shopping centres, hotels and airports and rub oil or pepper sauce on strangers, which he would film on his phone, the lawyer said.

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