Suspects in Kim Jong Un's brother's murder case appear in court

The murder trial of two women suspected of poisoning Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother began Monday in Malaysia. The women assert that they were duped into the act by a North Korean man who told them that the substance was harmless and they were just playing a prank for a TV show.
By Jose Jefferies | Oct 02, 2017
Two women suspected of fatally poisoning Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader
Kim Jong Un, pleaded not guilty at the start of their trial Monday in Malaysia's high court. The women, Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam, could face the death penalty if found guilty.

The two allegedly accosted Jong-Nam at an airport February 13 and rubbed a deadly nerve agent in his face that killed him within 20 minutes. The Indonesian and Vietnamese governments have both provided the women with attorneys.

Aisyah and Huong assert that they were told the nerve agent was non-toxic and that they were playing a harmless prank for a TV show. Aisyah's lawyer said that a North Korean man recruited her in early January at a bar in Kuala Lumpur to star in what he said would be televised video pranks.

Aisyah has written to her family and told them to pray for her "so that the case will be over soon and I can go back home."

The North Korean regime has made no acknowledgement of Kim Jong-Nam's death and condemned Malaysia for even investigating the matter. It also denied any responsibility for killing him, however.

Kim Jong-Nam had been on bad terms with his brother since at least 2011, when he told a Japanese journalist shortly after his brother's taking of power that the world would view Kim Jong Un's leadership "as a joke." Sources close to Jong-Nam said that he spent the last few years of his life in constant paranoia and was hiding from the regime. At the time of his death, he was traveling under the alias Kim Chol.

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