Siti Aisyah, (Indonesia) and Doan Thi Huong, (Vietnam), accused of the February assassination of Kim Jong-nam, (half-brother to North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un), made their first court appearances Friday. The women, both in their 20's, are charged with rubbing the banned chemical weapon, VX Nerve Agent on the face of Kim at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The two women made their first court appearance at the High Court in Sham Alam, arriving under heavy security and wearing bulletproof vests. The pair plead not guilty to the charges of murder and a court date has been set for early October 2017.
In the aftermath following Kim's murder, Seoul, South Korea,accused
North Korea of being behind the assassination of Kim Jong-un's estranged half-brother. Pyongyang maintains their innocence in the situation.
The murder also sparked a serious diplomatic row between Malaysia and North Korea, due in part to the use of banned chemical weapons in their crowded international airport.
The situation quickly escalated to the point Kuala Lumpur expelled North Korea's Ambassador, and in retaliation Pyongyang banned all Malaysians from leaving North Korea.
Tensions began to thaw between the two countries when Malaysia agreed to the return the body Kim Jong-nam along with three detained North Koreans, including the chemist and infamous soapmaker Ri Jong-chol.
Under the terms of the agreement, Pyongyang at the same time freed the nine previously detained Malaysians.
Meanwhile, police are still trying to trace four North Koreans suspected of having taken part in the murder plot but who are believed to have returned to Pyongyang immediately after the assassination.