Trial starts Monday for pair accused of murdering Kim Jong-un's brother

A court has heard that Kim Jong Nam's death may have been caused by a liver disease not a lethal nerve agent

The audacious nature of his killing, using the highly toxic VX nerve agent as he waited for a flight at Kuala Lumpur airport in February, shocked the world.

Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam pleaded not guilty as their trial opened Monday in the killing of Kim, widely thought to have been orchestrated by his half brother, North Korea's third-generation leader Kim Jong Un.

Police have also named four North Korean suspects in the case and have asked Interpol to help take them into custody.

Their trial at Malaysia's High Court is expected to last several months.

The suspects in the Kim Jong-nam murder trial arriving at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah court complex in Shah Alam today.

The two young women, aged twenty years, are seldom expressed in public since their arrest after the killing that occurred on 13 February at the Kuala Lumpur worldwide airport, where Kim Jong-nam was waiting for a plane to Macau, the former Portuguese trading-post became the paradise of the casinos in the south of China.

North Korea has denied any role in the killing and has not even acknowledged the dead man was Kim Jong Nam. It's clearly a North Korean passport.

Under section 302 of the Malaysian criminal code, a guilty verdict carries a mandatory death sentence.




The prosecutor said that before the murder Siti and Doan had carried out "simulations" which were "overseen by the four who are still free".

Commenting on the ban, The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents president, KL Tan, said: "Few Malaysians are affected by the travel ban as trade between North Korea and Malaysia is minimal".

The women told the court that they thought they were taking part in a television prank show that used hidden cameras.

Forensic Division chief, Dr Mohd Shah Mahmood said the post-mortem results showed no other factor as having caused the death, apart from acute VX nerve agent poisoning.

There was a mixture of saliva, blood and vomit in Kim Jong Nam's mouth, the doctor said, adding that he had to perform suction before carrying out intubation.

"I saw this man clutching his head and his face was very red", he told the court.

A powerful chemical weapon, the poison kills by sending the nerve system into overdrive causing convulsions, paralysis and eventually death due to respiratory failure.

"The way the police conducted the investigation in this case is shrouded in mystery", said the lawyer Aisyah, Gooi Soon Seng, accusing the authorities of not cooperating. She hoped to be a singing star and celebrity and says she believed the airport gig was for a reality show.

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