Two younger girls pleaded not responsible in a Malaysian courtroom Monday morning charged with the homicide of North Korean chief Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam.
In one of the most audacious assassinations of the 21st century, Kim was poisoned with VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on his manner again to his house within the Chinese territory of Macau.
Security footage confirmed the 2 girls, 25-year-old Indonesian Siti Aisyah, and 29-year-old Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong, strolling up behind Kim and rubbing their arms on his face.
Malaysian authorities declare the pair have been skilled by North Korean brokers to swab Kim’s face with the nerve agent.
North Korea has repeatedly and vehemently denied any involvement within the assassination of Kim.
But representatives of Huong and Aisyah mentioned the 2 girls have been duped into pondering that they have been taking part in a prank TV present.
The two girls arrived at courtroom Monday carrying bullet proof vests with their eyes downcast, surrounded by a heavy police presence.
Both girl are charged with homicide beneath part 302 of the Malaysian felony code, which carries a compulsory demise sentence.
Defense lawyer Hisyam Abdullah, who represents Doan, informed CNN the lawyer who was appointed by North Korea to observe the temporary has been instructed by their embassy to disengage himself from observing proceedings.
A second lawyer for the Vietnamese girl, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, informed CNN he expects the prosecution case to final till November, whereas the protection will begin within the new yr.
“Doan looks forward to the trial where her innocence will be established,” mentioned Teh.
‘She was … used by someone’
According to Malaysian authorities, Kim, who’s the the son of former North Korean chief Kim Jong Il, was on the airport on his manner again to see his household in Macau when his face was swabbed with the lethal nerve agent.
A robust chemical weapon, the poison kills by sending the nerve system into overdrive inflicting convulsions, paralysis and ultimately demise attributable to respiratory failure. It is banned beneath the 1993 chemical weapons conference.
Kim instantly sought assist at a service counter, however whereas ready on the airport clinic he fainted. Although an ambulance was known as, Kim died on his technique to the hospital.
Tests on his face and eyes postmortem revealed the presence of the lethal nerve agent.
Two individuals who spoke to Aisyah whereas she was in custody mentioned she believed the was rubbing a substance much like child oil or a lotion on Kim’s face, as half of a prank.
Aisyah’s father, Asria Nur Hasan, informed CNN in Indonesia his daughter wouldn’t have dedicated the homicide “if she was not used by someone.”
“She will be proven innocent,” he mentioned. “She wouldn’t harm anyone, not a child, let alone someone so powerful like that.”