Women on Trial in Kim Jong Nam Killing to Present Defense

Pauline Gross
August 18, 2018

"It can not be said that the prosecution has produced credible evidence to establish a prima facie case", said Hisyam.

Indonesia's Siti Aisyah and Vietnam's Doan Thi Huong are accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam's face in an airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur on February 13, 2017.

Here is a timeline of key events in the killing.

The judge said it was plausible that Doan may have not known that she had VX on her hands, but said the fact that she rushed to the bathroom after being caught on camera smearing Kim Jong Nam's face was "very odd". Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has told reporters that no confirmation had been received yet of Kim Jong-un's participation in the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam have said they were innocent victims of an elaborate North Korean plot.

An autopsy revealed Mr Kim died from exposure to the VX nerve agent, an artificial chemical so deadly it is banned under worldwide treaty and classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.

Kuala Lumpur arrests North Korean citizen Ri Jong Chol in connection with the murder.

Defence lawyers had earlier been confident that the case against their clients would be dropped, saying it was clear they had no motive to kill Mr Kim. All are holed up at the North Korean embassy or have already left the country.

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In a message to Kim on the North's National Liberation Day - marking the end of Japanese rule over Korea at the end of the Second World War - Putin reiterated his intention for a summit. Investigators refused to release the corpse. Ties remained frosty for the remainder of Najib's tenure as he clamped down on Malaysia-North Korea business ties. They are believed to be back in North Korea.

Tensions escalate after North Korea bans all Malaysians from leaving Pyongyang. Malaysia retaliated and the global community called for calm amid allegations of hostage holding. The same lawyers say the prosecution is desperate to secure any sort of conviction in the high-profile case, one that has garnered intense global attention.

Pyongyang eventually reached an agreement with the previous Najib Razak-led government that saw Kim's body repatriated.

In October, the two women will go on trial over the murder.

Huong's brother, one of five siblings, appealed for help for the family and said he hopes his sister will be treated fairly.

The women are accused of killing Kim Jong Nam - once seen as an heir to the North Korean leadership and a rival to current leader Kim Jong Un - by smearing toxic VX on his face in February a year ago as he waited to board a flight to Macau.

He ruled that the actions of the two women, captured on security camera footage, were enough to infer that they had meant to kill him.

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