Global

Women to be tried for Kim Jong Nam murder in October

Women to be tried for Kim Jong Nam murder in October

The Shah Alam High Court has set 23 days beginning Oct 2 for trial of two foreign women who were charged with murdering Kim Chol or Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The women, who face the death penalty if convicted, have said they were duped into thinking that they were taking part in harmless prank for a hidden-camera TV show.

The pair were apprehended in the days after being captured on closed circuit security cameras appearing to smear a substance on the face of Kim Jong Nam, the exiled sibling of the North Korean dictator, in the departures hall of Kuala Lumpur International Airport. A judge set October 2 as the opening date for the joint murder trial of Siti and Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Hoang.

After the hearing, Aisyah, 25, started sobbing, and one of her lawyers patted her back to calm her down.

Almost 200 police officers were deployed outside the High Court in Sham Alam for the high-profile case, including armed officers.

Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad said the prosecution would be calling 30 to 40 witnesses, including 10 experts, to testify.

It will be the women's first appearance at the High Court.

More news: Love Island's creator wants to make a "gay version" of the show

Appearing at the Shah Alam High Court in Selangor yesterday, both women were handcuffed and wearing bullet-proof vests over Malay traditional dress, consisting of a floor-length skirt and a blouse.

About 250 police officers, including many in combat gear, guarded the court's compound for Friday's hearing, which lasted 30 minutes. The women's legal teams had previously complained that they were not provided with key materials which would allow them to mount a proper defence.

The two are the only suspects to be charged with Kim's murder, although Malaysian authorities identified seven North Koreans as suspects early on in the investigation.

North Korea's test of an intercontinental ballistic missile is a "game changer" and heightens the risk that nation will be able to hit the United States sooner than expected, said Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea. Aisyah's lawyers have called the case a "trial by ambush", claiming that the prosecution had withheld evidence that could strengthen their client's defense.

It is reported "James" was one of the three North Koreans who stayed inside their country's embassy in Kuala Lumpur to avoid questioning by police.

Tensions eased when Malaysia agreed to the return of Kim body to Pyongyang.

Malaysian police have said four North Korean suspects fled the country the same day Kim Jong Nam was killed.


  • Oil extends gains, on track for biggest weekly rise this year (RDSA)

    Oil extends gains, on track for biggest weekly rise this year (RDSA)

    The gains in Brent pushed the difference between the two benchmarks to the widest in two months. West Texas Intermediate futures were down 13 cents, or 0.3 percent, at $48.62 a barrel.

    Economic growth blows past expectations in May, powered by energy industry

    However, most economists wouldn't attribute the growth to the president's policies, since not much has been implemented yet. Goods exports increased by 2.8 percent in the second quarter, with goods imports up by 2.0 percent.
    USA  sanctions Iranian companies after satellite launch

    USA sanctions Iranian companies after satellite launch

    Yesterday, Iran launched a test of the Simorgh, a rocket capable of putting satellites in orbit, from their new space center. "Rhetoric and actions from US show bad faith", Zarif added.
  • Hamilton issues verdict on Mercedes' performance compared to Ferrari after 10 races

    Jolyon Palmer struggled to match Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg for pace once again, lapping 0.8s slower in Q2 to finish 11th. And he was only marginally in front of Red Bull wonderboy Max Verstappen . "I think we go racing ".
    For Trump, the night is dark and full of gangs

    For Trump, the night is dark and full of gangs

    In his speech, Trump made a link between what he sees as lax immigration enforcement and the rise of gang-related crime. In April, three teenagers and a 20-year-old man were massacred in a park in Central Islip.
    Boulder weather: High of 83 today with more storms this afternoon

    Boulder weather: High of 83 today with more storms this afternoon

    Wednesday night: A 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 11 p.m., up to a half-inch of rain is possible. Sunday: 50-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 85 and a low around 75; mostly cloudy conditions.
  • Trump pushes out Priebus, names DHS' Kelly chief of staff

    Trump pushes out Priebus, names DHS' Kelly chief of staff

    Priebus had initially tried to block Scaramucci from an earlier post in the White House. In a subsequent tweet, Trump thanked Priebus for his service to his administration.
    14-year-old survivor of livestreamed crash mourns victim

    14-year-old survivor of livestreamed crash mourns victim

    Instead of celebrating Jacquelin's confirmation Saturday at their church, the Sanchez family is planning a funeral. Obdulia Sanchez, 18, appeared via remote camera in Merced County Superior Court, dressed in yellow inmate garb.
    Murder Mystery Night Turns Into The Real Thing On Emerald Princess

    Murder Mystery Night Turns Into The Real Thing On Emerald Princess

    The cruise ship was diverted to Juneau, Alaska because of the criminal investigation, according to ABC News . The ship departed Seattle on Sunday for a week-long trip that was cut short by the incident.
  • WhatsApp achieves 1 billion daily active users mark

    And one obvious reason behind such a massive amount of communication through WhatsApp is because it now supports 60 languages. Our community is now more than 2 billion people, including more than 1.3 billion people who use Facebook every day .
    Andreas Pereira hoping to convince Jose Mourinho he deserves Manchester United chance

    Andreas Pereira hoping to convince Jose Mourinho he deserves Manchester United chance

    They were ripped apart nearly at will by Lionel Messi , Neymar and Luis Suarez and should've conceded more than one. Obviously, I won the trophy past year so I'm hoping as a club we can go far and, you never know, try to win it.
    'Lady Blue Eyes' Barbara Sinatra dead at 90

    'Lady Blue Eyes' Barbara Sinatra dead at 90

    Frank and Barbara Sinatra founded the Barbara Sinatra Children's Centre in Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs, in 1986. She met the singer through her previous husband, Zeppo Marx of the famous Marx Brothers comedy team.