Women accused of killing Kim Jong Nam could be freed

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The High Court earlier ordered Doan and Indonesian Siti Aisyah to enter their defence on charges of murdering North Korean Kim Jong Nam on Feb 13 a year ago. If found guilty of murder, they will face a mandatory death sentence in that country.

When the trial resumes on November 1, Indonesian suspect Siti will be the first witness to testify, the Associated Press reports. He also said he would be willing to meet Kim "soon" to discuss urgent issues, both bilateral and regional.

The judge the prosecution during the six-month trial so far had laid out enough evidence of the women's guilt for the case against them to proceed.

In Vietnam, Huong's father, Doan Van Thanh, said he hoped the court would be fair. Defence lawyers said the real culprits had left the country at a hearing previous year. It is thought he could have been seen as a threat to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's rule.

Prosecutors described the murder as a scene coming from a Serie Noire movie, the likes of James Bond. Prosecutors have pointed to security camera footage which showed Doan rushing to the bathroom after clasping Kim Jong Nam's face as an indication that she was aware she was in possession of a risky substance.

Siti Aisyah, 26, and Doan, 29, were charged along with four others still at large, with the murder of Kim Chol, 45, at the klia2 departure hall at am on Feb 13 of previous year. The global attention on the case has put pressure on Malaysian authorities to secure a conviction. The prosecution also maintained the argument that the pair were trained to commit the crime.

Kim Chol is the alias used by Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, when he travelled.

In her cautioned statement, Doan claimed she was told to carry out a "prank" on Jong Nam by four North Koreans.

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US President Donald Trump responded to Kim's missile tests by stepping up a campaign to diplomatically and economically isolate North Korea.

Pyongyang eventually reached an agreement with the previous Najib Razak-led government that saw Kim's body repatriated.

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Malaysian officials have never officially accused North Korea and have made it clear they don't want the trial politicized.

An activist holds a placard at a protest at the North Korea embassy following the murder of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur.

"She is my daughter and I believe her". He called for the law to take its course and said Malaysia could not "break off relations" with Pyongyang without direct proof of who ordered the killing. The telegram is quoted by the North's state media, according to the report by Russia Today.

Kim, who was 45 at the time of his death, had been based in Macau since the early 2000s and enjoyed well-established ties with the Chinese government, according to USA intelligence reports. He was believed to be in possession of large amounts of cash.

Both women arrived at the high court on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital handcuffed and wearing bulletproof vests, to be escorted into the courtroom by gun-wielding policemen.

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