Trial dates fixed for Jong-nam's accused murderers

Malaysian police found that the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent was used to kill Kim Jong-nam seen in this

Malaysia will begin on October 2 the trial of two women accused of the dramatic killing of the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader, the High Court said on Friday.

The trial for Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong is set to begin from Oct 2 to 5 and will be heard be throughout October and November.

However, the woman, who can face the death penalty if convicted, claims that they were duped into believing they were taking part in a reality TV show and they were paid to commit the crime.

The two women are the only suspects in custody in a killing that South Korea's spy agency said was part of a five-year plot by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to kill a brother he reportedly never met.

"I am making a ruling that both the cases will be tried jointly", he told the packed courtroom.

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The women appeared in court wearing traditional Malay dresses and smiled at their lawyers and embassy officials. They were back in court Friday for pretrial hearings.

Prosecutor Muhammad Iskandar Ahmad said 30 to 40 witnesses would be called.

Jong-nam, who used the name Kim Chol on his passport, died en route to Putrajaya Hospital.

But, the tensions had finally eased after Malaysia agreed to the return of Kim body to Pyongyang. Under the terms of that agreement, 9 Malaysians prevented from leaving Pyongyang were freed and 3 North Koreans in Malaysia were allowed to go home. "We need our own experts to study this", he added.

Malaysian police have said four North Korean suspects fled the country the same day Kim Jong-nam was killed. The secretive state this month carried out its first successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

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