Kim Jong-nam murder: Accused women plead not guilty, say was tricked

His jaw and teeth clenched and his eyes rolled back before he slipped into unconsciousness, Nik said.

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, center, is escorted by police as she leaves after the court hearing at Shah Alam court house in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Oct. 2.

She told the court that "his hands were shaking a bit" but she didn't know why. They have repeated have been deceived, that they thought to participate in a tv show style " hidden camera ".

A Malaysian policeman testified Monday in the trial of two women accused of killing Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, that he had wrongly identified the victim as South Korean.

Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam and Indonesian Siti Aisyah are suspected of smearing Kim Jong-nam's face with the deadly toxin VX nerve agent at a crowded airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur.

They say they were hoodwinked by men suspected of being North Korean agents. Kim Jong Un is known for his violent execution methods, which have included anti-aircraft guns.

Pyongyang has denied playing a role in the killing, and has not acknowledged the victim was Kim Jong Nam. He couldn't tell if it was sweat, or something else.

The atropine and other medical treatment partly helped to stabilize Kim's blood pressure and oxygen level so he could be taken to the hospital.

The eldest son of the late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il, and the leader's mistress, the actress Song Hye Rim, for nearly a decade he was seen as the likely successor in the DPRK's hereditary political system.

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The murder sparked an angry row between Pyongyang, which has been accused of masterminding the killing, and Malaysia, historically one of North Korea's few allies.

Their defence lawyers have said they will argue that the real culprits have left Malaysia. North Korea reportedly sent agents to the country but Malaysia released the body a month and a half later.

They were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code which provides for the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

The defense lawyers had asked for the four North Koreans to be named in court but their request was turned down by the judge.

The trial's first day featured testimony from four witnesses called by the prosecution.

Kim Jong-nam speaks to airport officials after the incident.

Malaysia has detained and questioned other people.

"The way the police conducted the investigation in this case is shrouded in mystery", said the lawyer Aisyah, Gooi Soon Seng, accusing the authorities of not cooperating.

  • Sonia Alvarado