Date Set for Kim Jong Nam Murder Trial

Suspect's lawyer says 'there was no guilty intention'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 28, 2017 9:30 AM CDT
Date Set for Kim Jong Nam Murder Trial
Indonesian Siti Aisyah, center, is escorted out of court by police officers in Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur on Friday.   (Uncredited)

A chemist's report that shows the banned VX nerve agent was used to kill the half brother of North Korea's leader needs further scrutiny, a lawyer for one of the two women accused of poisoning the man said Friday, per the AP. High Court Judge Azmi Ariffin set an Oct. 2 trial date for Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who are accused of smearing Kim Jong Nam's face with banned VX nerve agent at an airport in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 13. The women, who face a possible death penalty if convicted, say they were duped into thinking they were playing a harmless prank for a hidden-camera TV show. Gooi Soon Seng, Aisyah's lawyer, said "there was no guilty intention" as Aisyah "didn't know what she was applying." (She told officials she thought it was baby oil.)

He told reporters he had doubts about a government report stating "traces of precursors of VX and degrading products of VX" were found on Kim's face and the women's clothing. Just 0.1 milliliters of VX is enough to kill a person. But "there were no side effects on the two women," Gooi said. Earlier, prosecutors provided airport camera footage to the defense. Gooi said it included a video of a prank played by Aisyah on someone else at the airport. He didn't give further details. The two women are the only suspects in custody in a killing that South Korea's spy agency said was part of a five-year plot by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to kill a brother he reportedly never met. Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad said he plans to call up to 40 witnesses. (More Kim Jong Nam stories.)

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