Two Southeast Asian women on trial for the brazen assassination of the North Korean leader's half brother arrived at a Malaysian court Thursday to hear a judge's decision on whether to call them to enter their defence or acquit them of murder.
Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong are accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam's face in an airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur.
If convicted, the two women will face the death penalty.
Two women - Indonesian citizen Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong - stand accused of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13 a year ago.
In emotional testimony, the two women described being set up by the North Koreans, saying they led them to believe that they were carrying out a prank for a television show.
Kim Jong-nam was fatally poisoned at Kuala Lumpur's airport.
A portly North Korean man, later identified as Kim Jong Nam, dies after being attacked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13.
In a picture taken on June 4, 2010 Kim Jong-Nam, the eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, waves after an interview with South Korean media representatives in Macau.
The judge said the contrast of the women's conduct seen before and after the attack on Mr. Kim showed they knew what they were doing.
An autopsy revealed Mr Kim died from exposure to the VX nerve agent, an artificial chemical so deadly it is banned under worldwide treaty and classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.
South Korea has blamed the North for ordering the assassination, an accusation that Pyongyang has repeatedly rejected.
Pyongyang insists the dead man was called Kim Chol and demands his body be returned. I wanted her to be released today but if the court refuses what can I do?
Malaysia cancelled a visa-free travel deal with North Korea and deported North Korea's ambassador.
Kim's life outside of North Korea was subdued yet lavish.
Kuala Lumpur arrests North Korean citizen Ri Jong Chol in connection with the murder. Malaysia retaliated and the global community called for calm amid allegations of hostage holding.
The real culprits, the defence argues, are the four North Korean suspects.
In early March, Ri Jong Chol was released from custody and deported from Malaysia.
At the end of the month, Malaysia s then-Prime Minister Najib Razak announces an agreement has been reached to return the body to North Korea.
"We were disappointed when the court ordered Siti to answer the charge against her even though we have adduced evidence to rebut the prosecution's case", Gooi said. They maintain their innocence.
Lawyers acting for the Vietnamese accused in North Korean Kim Jong Nam's murder case say foreign witnesses are important in her trial. The women said they didn't know they were administering a lethal substance.