Kim Jong-nam murder: Accused women plead not guilty, say was tricked

Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, along with Indonesian Siti Aisyah are accused of killing Kim Jong Nam on February 13 at Kuala Lumpur airport

Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, along with Indonesian Siti Aisyah are accused of killing Kim Jong Nam on February 13 at Kuala Lumpur airport

Siti Aisyah, from Indonesia, and Doan Thi Huong, from Vietnam, entered their pleas at Malaysia's High Court on Monday, almost eight months after the airport assassination.

They were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code which provides for the mandatory death sentence, upon conviction. Police had identified them by name at the time.

Four other suspects have also been charged in the case, all of which are still at large.

"We are fairly confident that at the end of trial, they will probably be acquitted", Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, a lawyer for Huong, said. The women accused of the attack pleaded not guilty Monday. The women say they thought they were playing a harmless prank for a hidden-camera TV show.

Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of late dictator Kim Jong-il, had challenged his half brother's succession to the top post.

The two young women, aged twenty years, are seldom expressed in public since their arrest after the killing that occurred on 13 February at the Kuala Lumpur global airport, where Kim Jong-nam was waiting for a plane to Macau, the former Portuguese trading-post became the paradise of the casinos in the south of China.

A total of 153 witnesses will be called during the trial, which is closely followed by both local and global media.

He asked Aisyah to do several more pranks at the Kuala Lumpur airport a few days before Kim was attacked.

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"His hands were trembling, I was wondering why". The 11-page report said an examination of Kim's body showed damage to his organs, including part of the brain, both lungs, his liver and spleen.

Kim Jong-nam speaks to airport officials after the incident.

The trial will be closely watched by the Indonesian and Vietnamese governments, which have hired lawyers to defend the women.

Medical assistant at the Menara clinic Rabiatul Adawiyah Mohd Sofi, who was called to the stand on Monday, said Mr Kim appeared to be in pain and was not responsive to questions when he arrived at the clinic.

"There were two policemen taking a man to the clinic who claimed that someone sprayed liquid on his face".

Earlier, airport clinic doctor Nik Mohamad Adzrul Ariff Raja Azlan testified Kim suffered from sudden respiratory failure that caused his heart to eventually stop.

Kim weighed 96 kilograms and had tattoos on his chest, arms and back, including a coloured dragon head breathing fire and a man with two fish-like figures, the report said. "His jaw and teeth were clenched and his eyes were rolling up".

The doctor said after intubation, the patient's blood pressure improved to a reading of 108/70, his pulse up to 90 to 100 beats per minute, and the oxygen saturation level to 94%. Once finished, the judge will determine if the prosecution has built its case and if so, allow the defense to proceed.

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