One of the women accused in the fatal poisoning of Kim Jong Nam told her parents to pray for her as her murder case winds through a Malaysian court, according to a new report.
Suspects Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong wore bulletproof vests as they appeared Tuesday in court, where their case was formally transferred to High Court, which hears murder cases, the Telegraph reported.
The women, both in their 20s, could face the death penalty for allegedly smearing Kim’s face with VX nerve agent, leading to his death in February.
In a letter, Siti told her family that she was fine and sent her love to her son, Rio, according to Yusron Ambary, a lawyer at the Indonesian Embassy who read the note to reporters outside the courtroom.
“I am in good health. Just pray. Don’t think about me too much. Keep healthy and pray at night,” she wrote. “I have a lot of people helping me. The embassy officials always come to see me, my lawyers also. Don’t worry. Pray for me so that the case will be over soon and I can go back home.”
Siti, from Indonesia, and Huong, from Vietnam, have denied the accusations, claiming they were duped into ambushing Kim at the Kuala Lumpur airport thinking they were playing a prank for a hidden-camera show.
Kim is the estranged half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Prosecutors said the women’s next appearance in High Court will be within a month, when they would enter pleas. Their trial would begin within 90 days.
The North Korean Embassy appointed lawyer Jagjit Singh to monitor the case. Singh told reporters he was hired to “protect the interest” of the North Korean government but didn’t elaborate.