KUALA LUMPUR Feb 28 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)