SHAH ALAM: Two suspects in the murder of North Korean Kim Jong-nam arrived at the Shah Alam High Court separately today, at 8am and 8.10am respectively.
Each suspect arrived in heavily-tinted pick-up trucks.
Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi are on trial for the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s estranged half-brother at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on Feb 13.
The women are represented by legal powerhouses comprising Gooi Soon Seng, S. Selvi, Azura Alias, Loke Kok Mun and Wong Kah Hung (for Siti); and Hisham Teh Poh Teik and Datuk Naran Singh (for Doan).
The women are expected to enter a plea today, though it remains to be seen what this would be.
Meanwhile, excitement began building at the entrance to the High Court as early as 6am, with a troupe of local and international reporters arriving to cover the sensational trial.
Asahi Shimbun reporter Mayumi Mori, from Japan, said she arrived at 5am, when there were already several other members of the press there, eager to enter the courtroom.
Security presence was also heavy, with three police trucks parked outside and many cars denied entry into the court compound.
A forest of cameras on tripods by the roadside brought back memories of the month-long media drama at the height of the Jong-nam murder case in February.
At around 8am, a handful of journalists was allowed into the courtroom while the rest, mostly foreign press members, were asked to stay in the lobby.
The two women's last hearing was held in June at the Kajang prison.