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Kim Jong-nam death: Two women charged with murder

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Kim Jong-nam had lived outside North Korea for many years © AP Kim Jong-nam had lived outside North Korea for many years Two women accused of killing Kim Jong-nam, the estranged brother of North Korea's leader, have been charged with his murder.

The women, Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam and Siti Aisyah from Indonesia, allegedly smeared deadly VX nerve agent on Mr Kim's face in Kuala Lumpur airport on 13 February.

They appeared in court in the Malaysian capital protected by special forces.

They could face the death penalty if convicted of murder.

Composite photo of Doan Thi Huong and Siti Aisyah: Doan Thi Huong (left) and Siti Aisyah (right) have said they thought they were taking part in a TV prank © Reuters/AFP Doan Thi Huong (left) and Siti Aisyah (right) have said they thought they were taking part in a TV prank Malaysian media said no plea was recorded in court. The women have previously said they thought they were taking part in a TV prank

Malaysia's chief prosecutor earlier said no decision had yet been taken on whether to charge a North Korean man, Ri Jong Chol, who is also being held over the killing.

That "depends on the outcome of the police investigation, which is still ongoing", Mr Apandi was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.

Other suspects in the the killing include a senior official at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur and a staff member of the state airline. South Korea believes at least four suspects are North Korean spies.

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