Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam is accused of  assassinating Kim Chol, believed to be the half-brother of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong-un. (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Doan Thi Huong from
Vietnam, one of the two women suspects in the murder of Kim Chol, a man
believed to be the half-brother of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea leader
Kim Jong-un, pleaded not guilty when brought to the High Court of Malaysia on
October 2.

The local prosecutor accused Huong and an Indonesian woman
Siti Aisyah, alongside four other men, who are still at large, of assassinating
Kim Chol on February 13, 2017, said Maridam, Huong’s interpreter at the trial.

The two women, allowed to enter their plea for the
first time, insisted they are not guilty as they were duped into believing they
were taking part in a harmless prank for a reality TV show.

The women’s lawyers urged the prosecutor to reveal
identities of the four male suspects but their request was rejected as the
court said it is not necessary.

Two witnesses showed up in the morning session of the
court today.

According to Maridam, Huong is in a good condition on
her sixth hearing of the trial, which will last 23 days with about 30-40
witnesses summoned.

Kim Chol, as named in his passport, died at Kuala
Lumpur International Airport 2 on February 13. Malaysia said Kim Chol was
poisoned, but the DPRK insisted that he died of a heart attack, plus high blood
pressure and diabetes.

Under the
direction of Viet Nam’s Foreign Ministry, the embassy of Vietnam in Malaysia
will continue working closely with Vietnamese agencies concerned and Malaysian
lawyers defending Huong to ensure the trial is fair and objective and Huong’s
legitimate interests are protected.

According to
the Malaysian law, she would face the death penalty if found guilty.-VNA