Siti Aisyah, her attorney Selvi Sandrasegaram, Doan Thi Huong, and two police officers sat in a small enclosed room while expert chemist Raja Subramaniam testified through the morning phase. The judge, prosecutors, and other defense lawyers for the two women listened from an attached room that was separated by glass.
The trial was due to resume after a lunch break at the court building as the defense lawyers planned to cross-examine the government chemist.
The two women accused in the February assassination of Kim Jong-nam, made their first appearance in a Malaysian court Friday. The two arrived under heavy guard, wearing bulletproof vests for their appearance. Claiming they were duped into believing they were participating in a reality tv show, they plead not guilty. A trial date has been set for October 2, 2017.
The Russian Ambassador to Turkey since 2013, Andrei Karlov, age 62, was assassinated in Ankara, in what Russian President Vladimir Putin has deemed an act of terrorism. The assassination was carried out by Mevlut Mert Altıntas, a twenty-two-year-old, off-duty Turkish Police Officer in apparent retaliation against Russia for the country's continued involvement in Aleppo Syria.
Video footage shows the assassin in the moments before the shooting calmly standing behind the Ambassador who was several minutes into his speech at the opening of an art exhibition. Speaking calmly, seemingly unaware of the imminent danger he was in until Altıntas shot him in the back at point-blank range.
Many are asking, how this could have happened, especially in light of Turkey's crackdown and futile attempts to enforce stricter gun laws since last July's failed coup? Altıntas' weapon passed through the art gallery's stringe...