SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — The Latest on the trial of two women accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at an airport in Malaysia (all times local):
A government post-mortem report submitted as evidence in the trial of two women accused of murdering the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader shows that the VX nerve agent used to kill him was found not just on his face and eyes but also in his blood, urine and on his clothing.
Government pathologist Mohamad Shah Mahmood, who prepared the report, told the court Tuesday that “the cause of death is acute VX nerve agent poisoning” after excluding other possible diseases or injuries.
The 11-page report said an examination of Kim Jong Nam’s body showed damage to his organs, including part of the brain, both lungs, his liver and spleen.
It said a chemical analysis detected VX as well as VX precursors and by-products on Kim’s body and clothing and luggage.
Kim was attacked at a crowded Malaysian airport in February.
A pathologist says the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader had extremely low levels of an enzyme vital for nervous system function due to poisoning after being attacked at a Malaysian airport in February.
Chemical pathologist Nur Ashikin Othman testified Tuesday at the trial of the two women accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam’s face.
Nur Ashikin said the two suspects had normal enzyme levels in their blood tests. She said the potency of VX depends on the dosage or concentration, the type and duration of exposure and whether decontamination measures were made. The defense has asserted the two women were not exposed to VX.
Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam pleaded not guilty to murder as their trial opened Monday.