KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Two women accused of assassinating the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with a banned nerve agent pleaded not guilty at the start of their high-profile murder trial in a Malaysian court on Monday.
The prosecution said in its charge sheet that their actions showed "intent to kill the victim" by smearing his face and eyes with VX nerve agent, which a post-mortem confirmed had killed Kim.
Defense lawyers demanded that the prosecution immediately name four other suspects who have also been charged in the case but who are still at large. The prosecution said their identities would be revealed during the trial.
The women had told their lawyers that they didn't know they were participating in a deadly attack and that they believed they were carrying out a prank for a reality TV show.
They had carried out several practice runs at shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur ahead of the attack, the prosecution said.
South Korean and U.S. officials have said Kim Jong Un's regime was behind the murder. North Korea denies the allegation.
The trial is expected to run until Nov. 30 and the prosecution is expected to call up to 40 witnesses.