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Prosecutors: 2 women meant to kill Kim Jong Nam

Prosecutors: 2 women meant to kill Kim Jong Nam

Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese national, and Siti Aisyah, an Indonesian, are accused of smearing the highly toxic VX nerve agent on Kim's face. The women, who face the death penalty if convicted, have pleaded not guilty, saying they thought they were taking part in a harmless prank for a hidden-camera show.

The latest development comes as US Secretary of Defense James Mattis met on Wednesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, where the denuclearisation issue in North Korea was expected to top the agenda. Trial judge Azmi Ariffin set Aug 16 to rule on whether to acquit the women or call for them to enter their defense.

"They are increasingly concerned and anxious about the reliability of our reassurances", said James Schoff, a former Pentagon Asia specialist now at the Carnegie Asia programme.

He said it could be inferred from security video footage that the two attacked at the same time to ensure "their plan succeeded with flying colours". The recordings show only a blurry image of someone the prosecution identified as Siti Aisyah hurrying away from the scene. She didn't suffer any symptoms of VX poisoning, and no trace of VX was found in her fingernails, as was the case with Huong, he said.

Siti Aisyah, 26, and Doan, 29, were charged with four others still at large with the murder of Kim Chol, 45, at the klia2 departure hall at 9 am on Feb 13 past year.

Doan's lawyer Hisyam Teh Pok Teik in his separate submission said his client did not intend to cause the death of Kim and did not know that the liquid she applied to his face was risky.

In contrast, the four North Korean suspects changed their attire at the airport before fleeing right after the incident, indicating their guilt, they said.

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"As testified by the investigating officer, ASP Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz, near to the place of incident there are four toilets with big signage but both the accused chose to use the toilet at Level 2 which is nearer to the transportation hub which was easier for them to make quick getaway", he said. Gooi also said that police failed to investigate where the VX came from and that it would have been "tantamount to a declaration of war" if it was brought in by the North Koreans.

Mr Wan Shaharuddin said the women were not coerced nor under duress when they attacked Mr Kim.

Kim, the eldest son in the family that has ruled North Korea since its founding, had been living overseas for years after falling out of favour.

In Singapore, Kim signed a document committing the North to "work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" - a vague term open to interpretation on both sides.

Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin likened the killing to a James Bond movie as it involved trained female assassins.

Malaysian officials have never officially accused North Korea of involvement in Mr Kim's death and have made it clear they do not want the trial politicised. "You must be trained".


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