Video of fa­tal at­tack on Kim Jong Nam shown at women’s trial

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

A SE­CU­RITY cam­era video show­ing the es­tranged half brother of North Korea’s leader be­ing at­tacked at a Malaysian air­port and the two sus­pects hur­ry­ing away af­ter­ward was pre­sented at their mur­der trial on Wed­nes­day.

The video shows Kim Jong Nam ar­riv­ing at the de­par­ture hall at the Kuala Lumpur in­ter­na­tional air­port on Fe­bru­ary 13 and mov­ing to a check-in area. A woman iden­ti­fied in court as Viet­namese sus­pect Doan Thi Huong ap­proaches Kim and clasps both hands on his face from be­hind be­fore flee­ing.

The sec­ond sus­pect, In­done­sian Siti Aisyah, can’t be seen dur­ing the al­leged at­tack but po­lice of­fi­cer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz tes­ti­fied that he iden­ti­fied her as a per­son seen run­ning away in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.

Wan Azirul told the court that Huong’s man­ner was “ag­gres­sive” and she didn’t apologise to Kim, like she did to an­other per­son she ap­proached at the air­port two days ear­lier. A video of that en­counter, which was de­scribed as a prac­tice ses­sion for smear­ing Kim’s face with VX nerve agent, was also shown to the court.

The women are seen in other videos hur­ry­ing to sep­a­rate re­strooms, hold­ing their hands away from their bod­ies as if to avoid con­tact. Wan Azirul tes­ti­fied that their hands were in nor­mal po­si­tions after they left the re­strooms. He said there were re­strooms on the floor where the at­tack took place, but the women went to re­strooms one floor down.

Pros­e­cu­tors con­tend the women knew they were han­dling poi­son, and a chem­i­cal weapons ex­pert who tes­ti­fied ear­lier said VX could be re­moved safely by care­ful hand-wash­ing within 15 min­utes of ex­po­sure. The ex­pert, a govern­ment chemist, de­tected traces of VX on Huong’s fin­ger­nail clip­pings and on both women’s cloth­ing, and tes­ti­fied that the amount of VX de­tected on Kim’s face ex­ceeded a fa­tal dose.

“She seemed to be anx­ious,” Wan Azirul told the court. “From my ob­ser­va­tion, Doan has been in­formed and knew what needed to be done. Even though she seemed to be in a panic, she knew what to do.”

Their de­fence lawyers have said Huong and Aisyah were duped by sus­pected North Korean agents into be­liev­ing they were play­ing a harm­less prank for a TV show.

Wan Azirul also tes­ti­fied that Kim was car­ry­ing US$100,000 (K135.9 mil­lion) in cash in his back­pack.

Se­cu­rity videos shown later in the day traced Kim’s move­ments after he was at­tacked. He ges­tured to his eyes and face while meet­ing with po­lice of­fi­cers, and he ap­peared to stag­ger as he walked with one of­fi­cer to the air­port med­i­cal clinic. An un­con­scious Kim was later seen be­ing pushed on a gur­ney and pumped with oxy­gen by med­i­cal staff.

Videos of the women show they went to the air­port taxi stand after leav­ing the re­strooms.

One showed Huong, wear­ing a white long-sleeve top em­bla­zoned with the let­ters “LOL” – the in­ter­net acro­nym for laugh­ing out loud – and a blue skirt, wait­ing at the taxi stand. Aisyah, dressed in a gray sleeve­less top, jeans and a scarf, then ar­rived and got into a taxi that ap­peared to be wait­ing for her while Huong was still in the taxi line.

Wan Azirul said Aisyah re­moved her scarf dur­ing the at­tack on Kim and put it back on after she came out of the re­stroom.

Huong and Aisyah have pleaded not guilty to mur­der charges that carry a manda­tory death sen­tence if they are con­victed. – As­so­ci­ated Press

Photo: EPA

Viet­namese Doan Thi Huong, 28, is es­corted by Malaysian po­lice of­fi­cers as she leaves the Malaysia Chem­istry De­part­ment in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, on Tues­day.

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