Witnesses testify VX killed brother of North Korean leader

Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, along with Indonesian Siti Aisyah are accused of killing Kim Jong Nam on February 13 at Kuala Lumpur airport
Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, along with Indonesian Siti Aisyah are accused of killing Kim Jong Nam on February 13 at Kuala Lumpur airport

04 October, 2017

Kim then fell unconscious and his blood pressure plunged, and his pulse gave out, Nik said.

Since February, the two young women to the frail stature have appeared before the courts for short procedural hearings, each time under good escort, cuffed and wearing bullet-proof vests.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong are accused of killing Kim, and they've pleaded not guilty to murder.

She earlier told the court that the cholinesterase level in a normal man would be between 5,320 and 12,290.

But representatives of Doan and Aisyah said the two women were duped into thinking that they were participating in a prank TV show.

Siti Aisyah, 25, of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong, 28, of Vietnam were charged with the February 13 killing of Kim Jong Nam by smearing VX in the man's face at the airport in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur.

They are accused of spreading a poison on Kim Jong Nam's face to kill him.

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DPRK is an acronym for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name.

Jong-nam told her "he was attacked from behind by two women" with one of them wiping something over his eyes.

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South Korea has accused the North of ordering the hit but Pyongyang denies the allegations.

Khalid had insisted that Malaysian authorities had immediately informed the North Korean Embassy.

The women face the death penalty if convicted.

On July 28, Shah Alam High Court judge Datuk Azmi Ariffin fixed 23 days for trial till Nov 30.

The trial's first day featured testimony from four witnesses called by the prosecution.

Kim Jong Nam was exiled from North Korea in 2003 and claimed it was for advocating for change in the regime.

Although Mr Kim, who was estranged from his family, was not an obvious political threat, he may have been seen as a potential rival in the country's dynastic dictatorship.

But Kim was believed to fallen out of favor with his father in 2001 after a widely publicized incident in which he tried to enter Japan using a fake passport. Last week, Malaysia imposed a North Korea travel ban, forcing the postponement of a football match that was scheduled to take place in Pyongyang this Thursday, after it was alread rescheduled twice in the wake of the assassination.

Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong, 29, worked the trade in southeast Asia, trolling for wealthy men.

"The charge must be clear", said Siti Aisyah's lawyer, Gooi Soon Seng.

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