Defence lawyers have maintained the women were pawns in an assassination orchestrated by North Korean agents. The women said they thought they were part of a reality prank show and did not know they were poisoning Kim.
On February 13, 2017, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, entered the Kuala Lumpur airport to fly to Macau when he was assassinated. Both women accused of the murder have been acquitted of murder.
Authorities say there are 139 suspected graves in the mountainous jungle where northern Malaysia meets southern Thailand, a remote area that trafficking syndicates used as a transit point to hold migrants and refugees. Most were believed to be members of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority and impoverished migrants from Bangladesh.