Kim assassination: Malaysia to charge two women suspects with murder
Latest developments in the bizarre assassination, courtesy NY Daily News:
Malaysian Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali said Tuesday in a text message to The Associated Press that the two women accused of killing Kim Jong Nam — Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong — will be charged with murder Wednesday and would face a mandatory death sentence if convicted. Both women have been arrested, and authorities must file charges by Wednesday or release them.
Malaysia: Kim Jong Nam died within 20 minutes of poisoning
Both women have reportedly said they thought they were part of a prank TV show when they put their hands on Kim. Indonesian officials have said Aisyah told them she was paid the equivalent of $90.
“For Aisyah, we will always provide legal assistance and advocacy to ensure her rights in accordance with applicable law,” said Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, director of citizen protection at Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry. “We have assigned lawyers who would accompany her during the process.”
Malaysia has also detained a 45-year-old North Korean, Ri Jong Chol, whose role in the killing is unclear. Asked if the North Korean will be charged, Apandi said it depends on the outcome of the investigation.