Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 29, and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, are accused of rubbing the highly toxic nerve agent VX on his face (photo: AFP)
Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 29, and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, are accused of rubbing the highly toxic nerve agent VX on his face (photo: AFP)

Two women have pleaded not guilty in the murder of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, at the start of their trial in Malaysia, BBC report.

Kim died in February at Kuala Lumpur’s airport, in a mysterious case that has gripped the world.

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Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 29, and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, are accused of rubbing the highly toxic nerve agent VX on his face.

But the women have claimed North Korean agents tricked them into doing it.

Pyongyang has denied any involvement in the death.

With their heads bowed, the women walked past a horde of journalists gathered outside the court in Shah Alam, outside of Kuala Lumpur, on Monday morning.

The suspects were in handcuffs and wearing bulletproof vests, reported AFP news agency.

After their charges were read to them in court in Indonesian and Vietnamese, the two women entered their pleas through interpreters.