Indonesian, Vietnamese women plead not guilty to Kim Jong Nam murder

The two women 'pawns' facing death penalty over assassination of Kim Jong-un's brother

Trial starts Monday for pair accused of murdering Kim Jong-un's brother

Two women go on trial on Monday (Oct 2) accused of murdering the half-brother of North Korea's leader, in an audacious killing in Malaysia that stunned the world and sparked a diplomatic crisis.

Amidst tight security, Doan and Siti Aisyah arrived at the court complex at 8am, alighting from the police vehicle wearing bulletproof vests.

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

The case had caused a diplomatic crisis major between North Korea and Malaysia, one of the few allies of Pyongyang while the country's reclusive is in the crosshairs of the worldwide community for its missile tests and nuclear weapons in violation of United Nations resolutions.

Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huon of Vietnam have been charged with spraying with VX, a banned chemical poison, on Kim Jong-nam's face at the Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13.

They said they believed participating in a "hidden camera".

The group has given few details about their origins, and have claimed to have "helped many North Koreans" escape the DPRK.

In all probability, Kim will be the one taking over the throne not just because he is Jong-un's son but the seven-year-old is apparently also being groomed to take over the regime once he is old enough, according to Express UK.

Jong-nam, who traveled with a passport bearing the name of Kim Chol, died while on the way to the Putrajaya Hospital.

"The prosecution will rely on direct, circumstantial, scientific and documented evidence provided by specialists and several other related evidence that will be produced before the court to link the accused and the four others with the death of Jong-nam", he said.

After their charges were read to them in court in Indonesian and Vietnamese, the two women entered their pleas through interpreters.

These range from how two women living precarious existences among Malaysia's army of migrant workers allegedly became involved in a high-profile assassination, to how a lethal nerve agent was deployed in an airport and killed Kim but harmed no one else.

The prosecution phase of the trial is expected to last about two months, after which the judge will decide if there is a strong case for the women to have to mount their defense, said Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, Huong's lawyer.

Malaysian prosecutors have said both women would face a mandatory death sentence if convicted. Four North Korean men who fled Malaysia shortly after the incident are believed to suspects.

Little is known about 29-year-old Huong.

That's the question at the heart of a new FRONTLINE documentary, North Korea's Deadly Dictator. The defence is then likely to be called.

After the assassination sent diplomatic relations plummeting between Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur, tensions only eased when Malaysia agreed to return Kim's body in March.

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