February 28, 2017 / 5:59 AM / 7 months ago

Malaysia to charge women for airport murder of N.Korean

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Malaysian prosecutors will charge two women - an Indonesian and a Vietnamese - with murder over their alleged involvement in the killing of the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader, the Southeast Asian country’s attorney general said on Tuesday.

Kim Jong Nam, who had criticised the regime of his family and his half-brother Kim Jong Un, was killed in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month after the two women allegedly smeared VX nerve agent, a chemical described by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction, across his face.

Attorney general Mohamed Apandi Ali said the women will be formally charged on Wednesday under section 302 of the penal code, which carries the death penalty.

“I can confirm that,” he told Reuters in a text message.

South Korean officials believe the murder was carried out by North Korean agents, and Malaysia has identified eight North Koreans suspected of involvement in the killing.

Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor

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