Women formally charged with murdering Kim Jong Nam

Both women have reportedly said they thought they were part of a prank TV show playing harmless tricks on unsuspecting passengers.

Published: 01st March 2017 10:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st March 2017 10:55 AM   |  A+A-

A female suspect, center, accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam is escorted to the Sepang court in Sepang, Malaysia, on March 1. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR: Two women accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader, were charged with murder Wednesday after arriving in court under heavy protection.

Kim Jong Nam was attacked at a busy Kuala Lumpur airport terminal on Feb. 13 and died shortly after two women went up behind him and wiped something onto his face.

Both women have reportedly said they thought they were part of a prank TV show playing harmless tricks on unsuspecting passengers. One of the suspects, an Indonesian woman, told authorities that she was paid the equivalent of $90.

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