Malaysia charges two women for airport murder of North Korean

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 28, 2017 10:00 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia on Wednesday charged two women - an Indonesian and a Vietnamese - with murder over their alleged involvement in the killing of the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader.

Siti Aishah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, were presented in court by the Malaysian police where charges were read out against them. They could face the death penalty if convicted.

Kim Jong Nam, who had criticized the regime of his family and his half-brother Kim Jong Un, was killed in Kuala Lumpur's main airport on Feb. 13 after two women allegedly smeared VX nerve agent, a chemical described by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction, across his face.

(Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; writing by Praveen Menon and A.Ananthalakshmi; editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)