Two women arrested in connection with the death of Kim Jong Nam will be charged with his murder on Wednesday at the magistrate’s court in Sepang, the Malaysia Attorney General confirmed to press on Tuesday.
The two women have reportedly claimed that they did not know they were exposing the victim to a nerve agent. However, their account of the events have so far been denied by Malaysian police.
“We strongly believe this is a planned effort and they have been trained to do what they did,” the Inspector General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar, told the New Straits Times last week.
Huong and Aisyah were ordered to be remanded in custody for 14 days prior to the announcement, while a North Korean citizen, Ri Jong Chol, also arrested in relation to the case, remains in custody without charge. The remand order for Huong and Aisyah expires on Wednesday.
The news comes as a North Korean delegation headed by Ri Tong Il, the former deputy permanent representative of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations, arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday.
The delegation will be discussing the case, which the DPRK denies any involvement in, with Malaysian authorities.
This is despite Malaysia announcing that it sought several North Koreans for questioning including a diplomat from the DPRK Embassy in Malaysia.
Two women arrested in connection with the death of Kim Jong Nam will be charged with his murder on Wednesday at the magistrate's court in Sepang, the Malaysia Attorney General confirmed to press on Tuesday.
Hamish Macdonald is an Associate Fellow at RUSI working on Project SANDSTONE and formerly a journalist and researcher who has focused uniquely on North Korea related topics and affairs. He was previously the COO of the Korea Risk Group, which produces the NK News and NK Pro. Specialising in this area, his investigations covered topics including North Korean sanctions evasion activities, domestic economic development and human rights.