Two women were taken to court today in Malaysia for the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother. If convicted, the women will most likely receive the death penalty.
Two women were charged today (Wednesday) in a Malaysian court with assassinating Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of the leader of North Korea. The women attacked and poisoned Kim at an international airport on February 13 by smearing a deadly nerve agent on his face, which killed him within 20 minutes.
The women wore bulletproof vests as they left the courthouse because Malaysian officials feared that they would be harmed by people who want to have them silenced. If convicted, they are likely to receive the death penalty.
Both defendants claim that they were unaware that they were pawns in what the US and South Korea have deemed an assassination most likely carried out by North Korean spies. The lawyer for one of the defendants said that his client denies the allegations. “She told me that she is innocent,” he said in court today. The next hearing is scheduled for April 13.
South Korean officials believe that the two North Korean agents murdered Kim in light of his plans for reforms in North Korea.