The two women who have been charged with murdering Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, will be charged for murder and put to death by hanging in Malaysia if found guilty.
The two women face trial, and have come out with pleas that they are innocent, and they were coerced by North Korean secret operatives. The two women admitted to being call girls, and prostitutes occasionally. They claim that they were told they were participating on a television show that was playing a prank on people by spraying liquid in their faces and seeing how they react. They were not told what the liquid was.
Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, are set for trial but will be executed if found guilty.
The Daily Mail has more:
Malaysia’s attorney general Mohamed Apandi Ali said Tuesday: ‘They will be charged in court under Section 302 (murder) of the penal code.’
Aisyah reportedly told a senior diplomat Saturday she had been paid just 400 ringgit ($90) for her role, adding she believed she was handling a liquid like “baby oil”.
Her co-accused Huong told Hanoi officials she had been tricked into killing Kim and thought she was taking part in a prank for a comedy video.
More suspects have been identified by Malaysian police, according to JoongAng Ilbo, but Russia have been accused of intervening to block them being sent for questioning.
The newspaper said six of the eight suspects were from North Korea’s Ministry of State Security or the country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry
Ri Ji-hyon, 33, and Hong Song-hac, 34, from the Foreign Affairs Ministry have been named as well as the State Security Ministry’s O Jong-gil, 55, Ri Jae-nam, 57, and Hyon Kwang-song, 44.
It is thought they flew from Kuala Lumpur airport on the day of the assassination, passing through Vladivostok on their way back to Pyongyang.
South Korea’s request to detain four of the North Korean suspects was rejected by Russian officials on the grounds of lack of evidence, it has been claimed.
The chief of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service said the death of Kim Jong-nam was an act of ‘state-orchestrated terrorism’ by North Korea’s ministries of foreign affairs and state security, according to JoongAng Ilbo.