Malaysia’s prosecutor says two women implicated in the killing of the estranged brother of North Korea’s leader are to be charged with murder today.

Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali said the women from Indonesia and Vietnam would be formally charged and could face death if convicted.

The women allegedly smeared a deadly chemical over Kim Jong-Nam’s face at a Malaysia airport earlier this month.

They have said they thought they were taking part in a TV prank.

The attorney general said they will be charged in court under section 302 of the penal code, confirming that they would face a mandatory death sentence if found guilty.

He said no decision had yet been taken on whether to charge a North Korean man, who is also being held over the killing.

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