Women accused of killing Kim Jong Nam could be freed

Women accused of killing Kim Jong Nam could be freed

"I must accordingly find that the prosecution has made a prima facie case against the accused persons and must therefore call upon them to enter their defense", he said as he read his judgment. If they are acquitted, they may not be freed right away as prosecutors could appeal as well as push forward with separate charges for overstaying their visas.

They are accused of killing Kim Jong-nam by smearing a toxic agent, known as VX, on his face while he was at Kuala Lumpur's airport on February 13, 2017.

Two women - Indonesian citizen Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong - stand accused of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13 previous year.

If convicted, the two women will face the death penalty.

Lawyers for Aisyah and Doan claim the two are innocent.

The women say that they thought they were taking part in a prank for a reality TV show.

But judge Azmi Ariffin ruled the pair's actions didn't constitute a "prank".

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 unusual".

Prosecutors claim Doan knew she had a unsafe substance on her hands and had rushed to wash it off.

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Prosecutors, however, argue that the women knew what they were doing, and had practiced the planned attack by smearing liquid on strangers in a nearby public places.

The Malaysian judge in the Kim Jong Nam case said he can not rule out the possibility the killing was a political assassination. However, he suggested the prosecution's case had been weakened by its sole reliance on security footage and its failure to call any witnesses to the stand.

Ambassador Rusdi Kirana told reporters that his government will abide by the ruling.

Kim Jong-nam was largely estranged from his family, after being bypassed for inheriting the leadership in favour of his younger half-brother, Kim Jong-un. Kim said he was going to Disneyland.

South Korea has blamed the North for ordering the assassination, an accusation that Pyongyang has repeatedly rejected.

Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, who is on trial for the killing of Kim Jong-nam, is escorted by police as she arrives at the Shah Alam High Court August 16, 2018.

The trial has seen CCTV footage of Huong coming up behind Kim as he waited to check in for his flight to Macau, and clasping her hands on his face.

US President Donald Trump responded to Kim's missile tests by stepping up a campaign to diplomatically and economically isolate North Korea.

Mr Kim, the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong-un, had been waiting to board a flight to Macau on 13 February previous year when two women approached him in the departure area.

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