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Court to set date for resuming trial in Kim Jong Nam's death

AP  |  Kuala Lumpur 

A is scheduled Wednesday to set a new date for starting the defence phase of the trial for two Southeast Asian women charged with murdering the North Korean leader's half brother.

A in August found there was enough evidence to infer that Indonesian and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, along with four missing North Korean suspects, had engaged in a "well-planned conspiracy" to kill Nam.

Police escorted the women into the courthouse on Wednesday for the hearing to determine when the defence phase would begin. It had been due to resume November 1 but was postponed after a fell ill.

The pair are accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim's face in an airport terminal in on February 13, 2017.

They have said they thought they were taking part in a prank for a TV show.

They are the only suspects in custody.

The four North Korean suspects fled the country the same morning Kim was killed.

Lawyers for Aisyah, 25, and Huong, 29, have told the they would testify under oath in their defence.

They have said their clients were pawns in a political assassination with clear links to the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, and that the prosecution failed to show the women had any intention to kill.

Their intent is key to concluding they are guilty of murder.

Malaysian officials have never officially accused and have made it clear they don't want the trial politicised.

Kim was the eldest son in the current generation of North Korea's ruling family.

He had been living abroad for years but is thought he could have been seen as a threat to North Korean leader Un's rule.

Murder carries a mandatory sentence of hanging, but plans to abolish the death penalty and put on hold all executions until the laws are changed.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 13:45 IST