Kim Jong-nam murder suspects expected to plead not guilty

Women suspected of killing Kim Jong-un's half brother expected to plead not guilty

Doan Thi Huong​ and Siti Aisyah are to appear in court

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Two women accused of killing Kim Jong-un's half brother are expected to plead not guilty when they appear in court tomorrow (July 28), according to lawyers.

Kim Jong-nam was allegedly attacked at an airport in Kuala Lumpur in February this year. It is alleged that the two women covered his face in VX nerve agent, which is banned, resulting in his death.

The two suspects, Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong​ and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, could face the death penalty if found guilty, according to AP.

The pair claim they thought they were part of a prank TV programme and had been tricked.

Aisyah's lawyer claims she was recruited by a North Korean man, called James, to appear in a series of prank videos at the Kuala Lumpur airport, usually involving rubbing oil or pepper sauce into people's faces.

The lawyer also claims that James was one of four people who went into hiding after the attack in the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, before being allowed to travel back to North Korea in exchange for nine Malaysians being held in Pyongyang.

South Korea's spy agency has claimed the murder was part of a plot set up by the leader of North Korea. However the North Korean government has vehemently denied poisoning Kim Jong-nam, with officials claiming he most likely died of a heart attack.