The reason for the death of the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader dominated the 2nd day Tues. of the trial of two women accused of killing him at a busy airport terminal in Malaysia.
Prosecutors at Malaysia’s High Courtroom have been in search of to determine the cultured information relating to Kim Jong Nam’s death on Feb. 13. There was no testimony concerning the motive for the killing, still North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to have thought-about his older sibling a possible rival for power.
Siti Aisyah of Indonesia & Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam have pleaded not guilty to charges they smeared the nerve agent VX on Kim’s face. They’ve still to testify, still diplomats from their countries have quoted them as saying they believed they have been taking part in a innocuous prank for a hidden-camera TV show & had been hoodwinked by men suspected of being North Korean agents.
Mon.’s testimony reconstructed Kim Jong Nam’s last moments at the airport, while Tues.’s session focused on the reason for death.
DR. NIK MOHAMAD ADZRUL ARIFF RAJA AZLAN, airport clinic physician
Nik continued his testimony from Mon., during which he described how Kim arrived at the airport clinic acutely aware still in pain, with very high blood pressure & pulse. He stated Kim then had seizure-like symptoms & his blood pressure, blood oxygen level & pulse plunged. Nik stated he injected Kim with atropine, a normal process to spice up slow heart rates, & stated he didn’t know at the time in that additionally it is a remedy for counteracting VX & different nerve agents.
Nik stated he additionally inserted a tube in to Kim’s trachea to enhance his oxygen level, & in that stabilized Kim’s blood pressure & oxygen level so he might be transported to the hospital.
DR. NUR ASHIKIN OTHMAN, chemical pathologist at Kuala Lumpur Hospital
Nur Ashikin stated Kim’s blood had a really low level of 344 units per liter of cholinesterase, an enzyme used to collapse 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 “could possibly be brought on by poison akin to pesticide or nerve agent,” she told the courtroom, and may cause heart & lung issues & symptoms corresponding to profuse sweating & vomiting.
She stated blood tests on the 2 women accused of murdering Kim showed normal enzyme levels, still this will not conclusively show they weren’t exposed to VX since the women could have been in touch with a low concentration level or have decontaminated themselves by washing their hands with soap or taking an antidote.
DR. MOHAMAD SHAH MAHMOOD, head of the Forensic Unit at Kuala Lumpur Hospital
Dr. Mohamad Shah, one of two pathologists who examined Kim’s body and ready the post-mortem report, stated the reason for death was decided to be “acute VX nerve agent poisoning.” He stated Kim was lifeless on arrival at the hospital.
A replica of the post-mortem report, submitted as proof, showed in that traces of VX have been found not solely on Kim’s eyes & face yet in addition in his blood & urine, & on his clothing & bag.
An examination of Kim’s body found injury in his organs together with part of the brain, both lungs, liver & spleen, Mohamad Shah stated, in addition to in that this could possibly be brought on by poison or a drug overdose. However based mostly on his examination & toxicology & chemist reports, he stated there have been no contributing elements to Kim’s death aside from VX.
The report stated 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.