The spectacular assassination of the North Korean leader's half-brother – smeared in the face with a banned nerve agent – made headlines around the world but two years later its organisers have escaped accountability, analysts say.Malaysian prosecutors dropped a murder charge Monday against the Vietnamese woman who was the only remaining suspect in the 2017 killing of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur's international airport.Doan Thi Huong is expected to walk free next month after she ad
A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother accepted a lesser charge Monday and will walk free in May, after her Indonesian co-accused was released last month.Doan Thi Huong smiled and said "I'm happy" after prosecutors presented the new charge in a Malaysian court, where she has been on trial since 2017 for the murder of Kim Jong Nam with a nerve agent in a Cold War-style hit.Huong's new sentence is three years and four months i
A Vietnamese woman suspected of assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother lost her bid for immediate release on Thursday as Malaysian authorities refused to drop a murder charge, days after her Indonesian co-accused was freed.Doan Thi Huong broke down in tears as a prosecutor announced the attorney-general had rejected a request to free her and her trial would continue.
Malaysia's prime minister said Tuesday the surprise release of an Indonesian woman who was on trial for assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother followed the "rule of law", after suspicions of meddling amid an intense lobbying effort by Jakarta.Siti Aisyah was freed by a Malaysian court Monday after prosecutors withdrew a murder charge without any explanation, more than two years after her arrest for the 2017 killing of Kim Jong Nam at a Kuala Lumpur airport.He
Two women on trial for murdering the North Korean leader's half-brother visited the Malaysian airport where he was poisoned under heavy police guard on Tuesday, with the exhausted suspects pushed around in wheelchairs and one bursting into tears.Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, wearing bulletproof vests and in handcuffs, were brought to Kuala Lumpur International Airport as part of court proceedings along with the judge, defence lawyers and prosecutors.About 200 poli
Only a small amount of nerve agent – but more than enough to kill him – was found on the face of the North Korean leader's half-brother after he died in agony following an airport attack, a court heard Tuesday.Kim Jong-Nam had 0.2 milligrammes of VX per kilogramme of body weight on his facial skin, well above the typical lethal dosage, chemist Raja Subramaniam told the trial of two women accused of his murder.VX is so deadly it is listed by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruct
US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that "only one thing will work" with North Korea as he acknowledged the fact that diplomatic efforts in the past have consistently failed.
The trial of two women accused of murdering the North Korean leader's half-brother moved Monday to a high-security Malaysian laboratory to view clothing worn by the defendants and contaminated by a nerve agent.The visit to the government lab near Kuala Lumpur came after a chemist last week testified there were traces of VX on the women's clothes.Raja Subramaniam's testimony was the first evidence directly linking the women to the poison used to kill Kim Jong-Nam as he waited at
Traces of a nerve agent used to murder the half-brother of North Korea's leader were found on the clothes of two women on trial for assassinating him, a chemist testified Thursday.His testimony is the first evidence directly linking the women to the poison VX which was used to kill Kim Jong-Nam as he waited at a crowded airport in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong are accused of smearing VX on Kim's face in February in a Cold War
Two women went on trial in Malaysia for murdering North Korea supreme leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, Kim Jong Nam. Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong pleaded not guilty to the murder. The women, both in their 20s, are accused of rubbing toxic VX nerve agent onto his face. Relations between Malaysia and North Korea soured after the murder.On February 13, 2017 Nam died about 20 minutes after he was assaulted.
Two women go on trial Monday accused of murdering the half-brother of North Korea's leader, in an audacious assassination in Malaysia that stunned the world and sparked a diplomatic crisis.Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong arrived at the heavily guarded court outside the capital Kuala Lumpur for the proceedings, handcuffed and wearing bulletproof vests.The defendants were arrested just days after the killing of Kim Jong-Nam on February 13 as he waited to board a plane