Malaysian prosecutors said the two women arrested in connection with the killing of North Korean leader’s estranged brother will on Wednesday face murder charge which carries the death penalty in the country. The ladies, from Indonesia and Vietnam, deny being part of any conspiracy, saying they smeared a chemical over Kim Jong-nam’s face at a Malaysian airport thinking it was a T.V. prank.
The announcement came as a high-level delegation from North Korea arrived in Malaysia to retrieve Jong-nam’s body, reports the BBC. Jong-nam’s death, being described as a political assassination, has given rise to a serious diplomatic spat between N. Korea and Malaysia.
Pyongyang has made repeated attempts to stall the investigation, with its ambassador, Kang Chol, accusing Malaysia of acting in a deceiving manner, notes The Guardian. No decision has yet been made on whether to charge a North Korean man, Ri Jong Chol, who is also implicated in the high-profile assassination.