A Malaysian authorities pathologist testified Tues. at the trial of two women accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader in that the banned VX nerve agent brought about his death.
His report, submitted as proof at the trial in Malaysia’s High Courtroom, asserted in that VX was found not only on Kim Jong Nam’s face & eyes yet in addition in his blood, urine, clothing & bag. The- 11-page report stated an examination of Kim’s body showed injury to his organs, together with part of the brain, both lungs, his liver & spleen.
Siti Aisyah of Indonesia & Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam pleaded not guilty on Mon., the trial’s 1st day, to killing Kim on Feb. 13 at a crowded Kuala Lumpur airport terminal. They’re accused of wiping VX on Kim’s face in an assassination extensively thought to have been orchestrated by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The women have stated they thought they have been taking part in a innocuous prank for a hidden-camera TV show & have been tricked by men suspected of being North Korean agents.
Mohamad Shah Mahmood, one of two pathologists who examined Kim’s body, told the courtroom in that “the reason for death is acute VX nerve agent poisoning,” & in that there have been no different contributing elements.
The post-mortem report stated toxicology tests found traces of drugs in Kim’s body used to treat diabetes, hypertension & gout. The- report gave Kim’s age as 46 & his name as Kim Chol, the pseudonym he used within the North Korean passport he carried at the time of his death.
Kim weighed 96 kilograms (211 pounds) & had tattoos on his chest, arms & back, together with a coloured dragon head respiration fire & a human being with two fish-like figures, the report stated.
North Korea has a historical past of ordering killings of individuals it views as threats to its regime & its chemical weapons arsenal is believed to incorporate VX. Its authorities has denied any role within the killing & has not even acknowledged the lifeless guy was Kim Jong Nam.
The post-mortem report concurred with the testimony of a Malaysian authorities pathologist, who stated Kim had extraordinarily low levels of an enzyme very noteworthy for nervous system perform in his body on account of poisoning.
Chemical pathologist Nur Ashikin Othman told the courtroom Tues. in that tests on Kim’s blood showed a really low level of 344 units per liter of cholinesterase enzyme, which breaks down neurotransmitters within the body in that send signals to the brain & control the muscles. The- normal level is above 5,300 units per liter, she stated.
The low level of the enzyme “might be brought on by poison similar to pesticide or nerve agent,” she stated, explaining in that a poison reminiscent of VX will inhibit the enzyme level, cause heart & lung issues & symptoms akin to profuse sweating & vomiting.
Nur Ashikin additionally testified in that blood tests on the 2 homicide suspects found in that they had normal enzyme levels, still this will not conclusively show they weren’t exposed to VX since the women could have been in touch with the nerve agent at a low concentration or could have decontaminated themselves by washing their hands with soap or taken an antidote.
Gooi Soon Seng, the lawyer for Siti Aisyah, told reporters the normal enzyme levels supported their assertion in that the 2 women weren’t exposed to VX.
Kim, the eldest son of the family in that has dominated North Korea since its founding, had been living overseas for years of time of time. He reportedly fell out of favor with North Korea’s rulers in in 2001 when he was caught making an attempt to enter Japan on a false passport, saying he desired to visit Tokyo Disneyland.