Witnesses recounted the last moments of the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader as the trial began Monday in Malaysia of two women accused of assassinating him by smearing an exotic poison on his face.
Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam are charged in the Feb. 13 murder of Kim Jong Nam using banned VX nerve agent at a crowded airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur.
The women, who pleaded innocent at Malaysia’s High Court, have said they thought they were playing a harmless prank for a hidden-camera TV show and had been hoodwinked by men suspected of being North Korean agents. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to have considered his older sibling a potential rival for power.
Monday’s court session was primarily a reconstruction of Kim Jong Nam’s final moments at the airport.
AIRPORT INFORMATION COUNTER STAFF JULIANA IDRIS
Juliana, the first person Kim went to after being attacked, told the court “his hands were shaking a bit” but she didn’t know why. She said Kim told her “he was attacked from behind by two women,” with one of them wiping something over his eyes.
She said that at Kim’s request she took him to file a report with a police officer before going to a clinic.
POLICE OFFICER MOHD ZULKARNAIN SANUDIN