Two foreign women charged with murder of Kim Jong Nam

Claiming the body of Kim Jong-nam, who Malaysian police said was poisoned by two foreign women at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13, topped the list.

The women have claimed they thought they had been recruited to play a part in a jokey TV show where members of the public would have a liquid sprayed in their faces.

Indonesian officials have said Aisyah told them she was paid the equivalent of 90 dollars (£72).

The four men fled Malaysia on the same day as the killing, while the women - one from Indonesia and the other from Vietnam - were arrested.

Subramaniam said Jong-nam died due to the excessive amount of VX nerve agent wiped on his face by the two female suspects, killing him in less than half an hour. VX, which killed Kim Jong Nam within 20 minutes, has an oily consistency that is soluble in cold water.

According to the BBC, intelligence operatives told the South Korean parliament in Seoul that four of the seven people Malaysia had arrested, were spies- citing reports curated by South Korea's intelligence agency that the operatives were from North Korea's Ministry of State Security, the country's secret police.

However, Pyongyang claims the deceased was a North Korean travelling on a diplomatic passport by the name of Kim Chol, and accuses Malaysia of subverting investigations in a political conspiracy with its enemies.

They are understood to have admitted they had worked in massage parlours and had also escorted wealthy Asian men around town, ending up in their bedrooms - and they made easy pickings for North Korean agents looking for women who could assume harmless identities for the deadly roles they were needed for.

Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said police had also not received any DNA sample from his family members in connection with the killing which has attracted the attention of global media.

Malaysian police said the attackers knew what they were doing and had been trained to go immediately to the bathroom and clean their hands.

The well-travelled and multilingual oldest son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, Kong Jong-nam was once considered a potential future leader.

Airport officials and police have insisted the facility is safe.

Malaysian authorities will charge two women with murder Wednesday in the killing of Kim Jong Nam, though both suspects insist they were tricked and their connection to the apparent North Korean masterminds remains unclear.

"Development of friendly relations between North Korea and the Malaysian government will also be discussed", Ri told reporters outside the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

  • Leroy Wright