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Women in Kim Jong Nam’s murder case to know their fate on Aug. 16

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SHAH ALAM (AFP) – High Court judge Azmi Ariffin, hearing the case in which two women are accused of killing Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader’s estranged half brother, will deliver a decision on August 16 on whether the women would be acquitted or called to the stand to defend themselves.

He made the decision after the prosecution and the defence had submitted the cases yesterday.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong are accused of killing Mr Kim by smearing the toxic nerve agent VX on his face at Kuala Lumpur airport last year.

VX is so deadly that it is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations. Mr Kim died within minutes.

Earlier, Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin, submitting, likened the killing to a James Bond movie as it involved trained female assassins.

“Looking at the bigger picture the four North Koreans still at large must have trained the two accused in executing the plan,” he said.

He also dismissed the defence argument that the two women defendants were recruited to take part in what they thought were prank TV shows but were instead tricked into becoming inadvertent assassins, in an elaborate plot by a group of North Korean agents.

“It is an assassination, where the murder was carefully planned and executed,” he said in a written submission, adding that the women had been “trained” to ensure success.

Ms Aisyah’s lawyer Gooi Soon Seng submitted that the investigation into the assassination “was not only shoddy but was lopsided”, arguing that t the charge was “vague” and the prosecution “has failed to make out a prima facie case against” his client.

Ms Doan’s lawyer Hisyam Teh Pok Teik, submitted that his client did not intend to cause the death of Mr Kim and did not know that the liquid she applied to his face was dangerous.

The trial, which began last year, resumed Wednesday after a break since early April.

Four other North Koreans, accused of involvement in the murder, fled the country immediately after the killing.

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