Thursday 19 October 2017

'Acute nerve agent poisoning caused death' of North Korean leader's brother

Siti Aisyah of Indonesia, centre, is escorted by police as she leaves the court house (AP)
Siti Aisyah of Indonesia, centre, is escorted by police as she leaves the court house (AP)

The VX nerve agent used to kill the estranged brother of North Korea's leader was found not just on his face and eyes but also in his blood, urine and on his clothing, a court heard.

Government pathologist Mohamad Shah Mahmood, who prepared the report, told the court in Malaysia on Tuesday "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 Mr Kim's body and clothing and luggage.

Mr Kim was attacked at a crowded Malaysian airport in February.

Two women, Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam, deny murder.

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