The two women who were suspected involved in the assassination of North Korean dictator’s estranged half-brother have now been charged of murder using a super-toxic nerve agent VX (venom X series) that killed him in minutes on February 13 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.
One is 25-year-old Siti Aishah from Jakarta and the other is 28-year-old Doan Thi Huong from rural northern Vietnam. If they are convicted, the punishment could lead to ‘hanged till death.’
The two were handcuffed and escorted by good strength of police to court wearing bullet-proof vests on Tuesday. The next hearing is on April 13 and it is learned prosecutors may apply to be tried jointly in court for both the accused.
It is alleged the two women smeared VX nerve agent on the face of Kim Jong Nam, who had always criticized the regime of his family and also his half-brother Kim Jong Un.
VX is described as the world’s most deadliest man-made chemical weapon by the United Nations.
The two women were arrested in days after the murder based on the footage of surveillance cameras at the airport. They are found in it to be assaulting Nam who died within 20 minutes of the incident.
Both of them claim the act was just a usual prank for a reality TV show and were paid to take part in it. They never knew the oil in their hand was VX.
Indonesia’s foreign ministry spokesman Armanatha Nasir said, “We hope that the principle of a defendant being presumed innocent until proven guilty will be adhered to.”