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Kim Jong-un brother's murder trial begins as suspects plead not guilty

Kim Jong-un brother's murder trial begins as suspects plead not guilty

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.

Footage from the airport security cameras showed the two women, 25-year-old Indonesian citizen Siti Aisyah and 28-year-old Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam, smearing his face with VX, which the United Nations describes as a weapon of mass destruction.

The two women, who were arrested days after the killing, have insisted that they were tricked by North Koreans into taking part in what they thought was a TV prank.

The women face the death penalty if convicted.

The women were led into Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur, in handcuffs for the start of the trial.

While pointing fingers at North Korea for Kim's death, Sathasivam said the dose of VX given to Kim was on the high side as he showed symptoms within minutes.

The Vietnamese Thi Huong and the Indonesian Siti Aisyah is on trial for the assassination of Kim Jong-nam.

The murder charge was read to them in their native languages and interpreters assigned to the defendants indicated they were pleading not guilty.

"I ask the court to dismiss the application and continue with the trial", he said.

At least seven North Korean agents are believed to have directed the women to carry out the plot.

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"I was approached by a Malay lady, who works at the airport information counter and a "plump man with a chubby face" whose race I was unable to tell seeking to lodge a police report".

The judge also rejected an application by counsel of both accused to reveal the names of the four other suspects who were still at large and believed to be in North Korea.

He was given medicine and his condition stabilised but he died in an ambulance en route to hospital.

"This shows a common intention and motive between the women and the four individuals", he said.

The life of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un's family is as secretive as the Hermit Kingdom itself.

Police say neither Chang nor James were who they say they were.

From the beginning of the case, South Korea has accused the North of having orchestrated the assassination, what Pyongyang has always denied.

Defence lawyers said the real culprits have left Malaysia and the women's innocence will be proven in court. Three others who holed up inside North Korea's embassy were allowed to leave in a deal with Pyongyang to ease tensions, despite Malaysia's anger at the public use of a chemical weapon on its territory.

The trial is expected to run until 30 November, during which time over 40 witnesses are expected to be called upon.

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