Kim Jong Nam murder: Alleged killers plead not guilty

Video grab of Indonesian Siti Aisyah who is accused of killing Kim Jong Nam being escorted by police as she arrives at at the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur

The two women 'pawns' facing death penalty over assassination of Kim Jong-un's brother

Turning to the first day of the Kim Jong-nam murder trial Witnesses have told a court in Malaysia that the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un staggered around after being smeared with VX nerve agent in Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam are charged in the February 13 murder of Kim Jong Nam using banned VX nerve agent at a crowded airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur.

The defendants, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, both pleaded not guilty to Kim's murder as their trial began at the Shah Alam court complex in Selangor state.

In-mid March Interpol issued a red notice on four male North Korean suspects linked to the murder of Kim - all are believed to have left Malaysia after the attack was carried out.

Government lawyers are expected to take two months to present evidence.

The girls were told that it was a TV prank, they said.

Monday's court session was primarily a reconstruction of Kim Jong Nam's final moments at the airport.

In that time, Kim Jong-nam, the estranged brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, grew increasingly desperate for help.

Pyongyang has denied any role in the killing and hasn't even acknowledged the dead man was Kim Jong Nam.

In a tweet on the social media network Twitter, the president suggested that Tillerson was "wasting his time" in trying to negotiate with the North Korean leader.

The charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries a mandatory death penalty.

Diplomatic relations between North Korea and Malaysia, once somewhat friendly, collapsed as a result of the murder.

The women claimed they did not know they were smearing the deadly VX nerve agent on his face when they accosted him at the airport.

The prosecution said both the accused had carried out several practice runs at shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur ahead of the attack on Kim Jong Nam.

Security camera video showed a person grabbing Mr. Kim's face from behind as he walked through the terminal.

The body of Kim Jong-nam was in Malaysia for weeks as the country waited to identify it.

"His oxygen saturation level improved up to 67% while his blood pressure reading was at 92/70", he said adding that the improvement in his vitals signs eventually saw pulse registering a 19/100 beats per minute.

Aisyah was paid £75-£150 for each prank and hoped the income would allow her to stop working as an escort, her lawyer said.

The low level of the enzyme "could be caused by poison such as pesticide or nerve agent", she said, explaining that a poison such as VX will inhibit the enzyme level, cause heart and lung problems and symptoms such as profuse sweating and vomiting.

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