Masks Worn in Malaysian Court as VX-tainted Evidence Shown

Embassy caused delay of Jong-nam's autopsy, court told

Prosecutors at Malaysia's High Court were seeking to establish the basic facts regarding Kim Jong Nam's death on February 13. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to have considered his older sibling a potential rival for power.

Questioned several times on whether Kim Chol died from a heart attack, Shah maintained the finding that the victim died due to VX poisoning.

Two women charged with his murder - Siti Aisyah, 25, from Indonesia, and Doan Thi Huong, 29, from Vietnam - pleaded not guilty at the start of the trial on Monday.

The report was presented as evidence Tuesday at the murder trial of the two women accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam's face in a brazen assassination at Kuala Lumpur's airport.

He also agreed with Gooi that the VX poison had no smell and was tasteless.

"In this case, the cause of death is VX poisoning based on the post-mortem and confirmation of the VX nerve agent by the Chemist Department, Malaysia", he said.

The hearing before Judge Azmi Ariffin continues tomorrow.

Nur Ashikin said the two suspects had normal enzyme levels in their blood tests. They included a type of Viagra typically used by heart patients, but he said those drugs and those conditions would not have caused Kim's swift death.

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To a question by lawyer Gooi Soon Seng, Shah said he could not ascertain if Kim Chol was poisoned before arriving at klia2.

Mohamad Shah Mahmood, one of two pathologists who examined Kim's body, told the court that "the cause of death is acute VX nerve agent poisoning", and that there were no other contributing factors.

It said a chemical analysis detected VX as well as VX precursors and by-products on Kim's body and clothing and luggage.

Under cross-examination by defense lawyers, Mohamad Shah acknowledged he had limited knowledge of VX and nerve agents in general. "There is a very slim chance of survival" if VX has entered the bloodstream, he said.

This came after defence counsel Datuk Naran Singh, who acted on behalf of accused Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, asked whether he (Dr Shah) agreed that the deceased's identity as Kim Chol was confirmed after a DNA comparison with samples taken from Kim Chol's son.

"There are two reasons (why qualitative data is enough in VX case), the first being that VX nerve agent is not available naturally, and secondly, VX (was made) only for one use, which is as a chemical weapon listed under the Chemical Weapons Convention 1997 list". He performed the autopsy on Kim Jong Nam.

Kim then fell unconscious and his blood pressure plunged, and his pulse gave out, Nik said.

He said he had mistakenly reported that Kim was South Korean because he had misidentified his passport, issued under North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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