Trial dates fixed for Jong-nam's accused murderers

Malaysian police found that the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent was used to kill Kim Jong-nam seen in this

Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad said that the prosecution has given a further 33 documents and closed-circuit television (CCTV) recordings to the defence, and will call between 30 and 40 witnesses, depending on the progress of the trial.

Judge Azmi Ariffin told the 30-minute hearing at the High Court in Shah Alam that the trial would begin on October 2 and would take place over 23 days.

"It is a bit of a game changer for us", Brooks said in an interview.

The women, who face a possible death penalty if convicted, say they were duped into thinking they were playing a harmless prank for a hidden-camera TV show.

When met outside the court room, Indonesian acting Ambassador Andreano Erwin said that she was only human, and she expected this to be a long drawn out process.

Siti Aisyah, in a blue baju kurung with a floral motif, and Doan, in an orange baju kurung, were seen talking to their lawyers and officers from their respective embassies. The exiled half-brother, a son of North Korea's former leader Kim Jong Il and his preferred mistress, had been living for years in China's semi-autonomous city of Macau under the assumed identity of Kim Chol, the name appearing on a falsified passport he held at the time of his death.

Meanwhile, the police are still trying to trace four North Koreans who are suspected of having taken part in the murder plot.

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Mnuchin said the United States will continue to counter Iran's ballistic missile program. USA military officials say they anticipated Thursday's launch.

And Brooks maintained the United States and the rest of the world must continue to try to deter North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Kim Jong Nam died while en route to a hospital after he fell ill at a budget terminal of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport while waiting for a flight to Macao.

A lawyer for one of two women accused of assassinating the half-brother of North Korea's dictator on Friday questioned a chemist's report about a banned nerve agent allegedly used in the freakish attack at a Malaysian airport in February. Gooi said Aisyah was paid US$100-US$200 (NZ$133-NZ$266) for each prank and hoped the income would allow her to stop working as a social escort.

Malaysian police have said four North Korean suspects fled the country on the same day Kim Jong Nam was killed.

Tensions eased when Malaysia agreed to return Kim's body. They were filmed by a security camera at the same airport. Raised in a rice farm in northern Vietnam, her family said they had hardly heard from her since she left home a decade ago, aged just 18 years.

Her last post was on the morning of February 11, two days before the attack, from an area near the airport.

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