Two women were charged Wednesday with the murder of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, after his assassination at a Malaysian airport last month.
Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from Vietnam, were surrounded by a heavy police presence as they were charged in court over the February 13 killing involving a deadly nerve agent.
Siti, wearing a red T-shirt, was brought in first to hear the murder charge read out before being taken away. Huong, also dressed casually, then heard the charge in Vietnamese.
Indonesian suspect Siti Aisyah, center, is escorted by police officers as she arrives at Sepang court in Sepang, Malaysia on Wednesday
Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong (L) leaves court after being charged with the murder of Kim Jong-Nam
The handcuffed women were both told they faced the death penalty if found guilty.
Neither woman was asked to enter a plea and their trial is not expected to begin for several months.
However, after hearing the charge, Huong's lawyer S. Selvam said she told the court in Vietnamese: 'I am not guilty.'
Selvam added his client was 'nervous as she is facing a murder charge'.
The suspects, who claim they thought they were merely taking part in a prank video, remained composed throughout the