Jong-nam murder trial attracts foreign, local media

The second day of trial for the two women charged with murdering Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, continues to draw the interest of local and foreign media

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Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong, 29, clad in bulletproof vest was escorted out of the court. She is charged for the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-un.FILE PIX: NOOR ASREKUZAIREY SALIM, 01 MARCH 2017

SHAH ALAM: The second day of trial for the two women charged with murdering Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, continues to draw the interest of local and foreign media.

Representatives of more than 10 foreign media agencies including from South Korea, North Korea, Indonesia and Japan registered at the special counter at the court complex under tough scrutiny by the police.

Local media were also there since 7.30am for registration.

Barred from entering court complex, the local and international media were gathered outside the court compound to witness the arrival of the two suspects, with some waiting from as early as 1 a.m.

Passes were given to the media on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The two accused, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, arrived at the court grounds at 7.50 a.m. in one of five police vehicles under heavy guard by armed personnel in bullet-proof attire.

Security at the premises was tight.

Siti Aisyah and Doan are charged with four others at large with killing Jong-nam, 45, the brother of Kim Jong-un at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) departure hall at 9 a.m. on 13 February.

The women are accused of rubbing toxic VX nerve agent in Kim’s face.

Kim died about 20 minutes after the hit, which was caught on airport CCTV as the VX — a chemical so deadly it is listed as a weapon of mass destruction — rapidly overcame his central nervous system.

On 28 July, Shah Alam High Court judge Datuk Azmi Ariffin fixed 23 days for trial which began yesterday untill 30 November.

They face the mandatory death sentence upon conviction. -MalaysiaGazette

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