Two girls accused of killing Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s chief, have been charged along with his homicide.
The ladies, Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam and Siti Aisyah from Indonesia, allegedly smeared lethal VX nerve agent on Mr Kim’s face in Kuala Lumpur airport on 13 February.
They appeared in court docket within the Malaysian capital protected by particular forces.
They may face the demise penalty if convicted of homicide.
Malaysian media mentioned no plea was recorded in court docket. The ladies have beforehand mentioned they thought they have been collaborating in a TV prank.
Malaysia’s chief prosecutor earlier mentioned no determination had but been taken on whether or not to cost a North Korean man, Ri Jong Chol, who can be being held over the killing.
That “will depend on the result of the police investigation, which continues to be ongoing”, Mohamed Apandi Ali was quoted as saying by AFP information company.
Different suspects within the killing embrace a senior official on the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur and a workers member of the state airline. South Korea believes at the least 4 suspects are North Korean spies.
Kim Jong-nam, 42, was at a check-in desk for a flight to Macau, the place he lives, when he was accosted.
His face was smeared with the toxic nerve agent VX – an internationally banned chemical weapon – and he died inside 15-20 minutes, Malaysia’s well being minister mentioned on Sunday.
North Korea has not confirmed that the individual killed was Kim Jong-nam, as he was travelling beneath a unique identify.
Pyongyang has solely mentioned that he was a North Korean travelling on a diplomatic passport. The nation additionally opposed Malaysia conducting an post-mortem.
A high-level delegation from North Korea, together with the nation’s former deputy ambassador to the UN, Ri Tong-il, arrived within the Malaysian capital on Tuesday.
They mentioned they needed to say the physique and have been looking for the discharge of North Korean suspect Ri Jong Chol.
Who’re Doan Thi Huong and Siti Aisyah?
Little is thought for particular about Doan Thi Huong and Siti Aisyah besides that they’d left their houses in numerous elements of Asia and have been making an attempt to make a dwelling in Malaysia.
Malaysian police officers described Ms Huong, a 28-year-old from Vietnam, as an “leisure outlet worker” whereas Ms Siti, 25 from Indonesia, was working in a resort therapeutic massage parlour.
Ms Huong’s Fb web page, during which she posted beneath the identify Ruby Ruby, confirmed her posing in numerous selfies and glamour pictures. There are rumours she as soon as auditioned for Vietnam’s model of Pop Idol.
Her household mentioned she left her house village in north Vietnam at 17 to check within the capital Hanoi, and had hardly ever returned house since. They mentioned they have been stunned to be taught she was in Malaysia.
Her stepmother instructed BBC Vietnamese that the household have been fed up with all the eye they’d acquired however have been grateful for the assist of their neighbours.
“They’re sympathetic as a result of they do not perceive how a daughter of a household with excessive ethical values like us may change into like that,” Nguyen Thi Vy, 54, mentioned.
Siti Aisyah was arrested for the killing alongside together with her 26-year-old Malaysian boyfriend, who was later launched on bail.
She instructed the Indonesian embassy officers that she thought she was collaborating in a actuality TV present, and had been paid 400 Malaysian ringgit ($90; £72) to smear what she thought was child oil on to Mr Kim’s face.
Ms Siti was out partying together with her pals the night time earlier than the killing. A good friend, who spoke anonymously, mentioned they’d been celebrating her birthday, which had been the day earlier than. Movie footage purportedly from the night reveals her speaking with pals about turning into an web star.
Who’re the opposite suspects?
Ri Jong Chol, 47, is a North Korean who has lived in Malaysia for the final three years. He’s in Malaysian detention.
The Malaysian boyfriend of Siti Aisyah, Muhammad Farid Jalaluddin, was arrested however police mentioned he could be launched on bail.
Hyon Kwang Track, 44, second secretary on the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur is being sought by police. He’s believed to be within the embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
Kim Uk Il, 37, is a workers member of North Korea’s state airline Air Koryo, and can be believed to nonetheless be in Malaysia.
Ri Ju U, 30, a North Korean also referred to as “James”, has been recognized by the ladies as the person who recruited them.
Ri Ji Hyon, 33, a North Korean, is believed to have fled to Pyongyang.
Hong Track Hac, 34, a North Korean, is believed to have fled to Pyongyang.
O Jong Gil, 55, a North Korean, is believed to have fled to Pyongyang.
Ri Jae Nam, 57, a North Korean, is believed to have fled to Pyongyang.