The Latest: Chemist found VX on Vietnamese woman's clothing

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, left, is escorted by police as she arrives for court hearing at Shah Alam court house in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Doan and Siti Aisyah of Indonesia have pleaded not guilty to killing Kim Jong Nam on Feb. 13 at a crowded Kuala Lumpur airport terminal. They are accused of wiping VX on Kim's face in an assassination widely thought to have been orchestrated by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Sadiq Asyraf)

A chemist has told a Malaysian court he found traces of VX nerve agent and its precursors on the clothing of the Vietnamese suspect in the murder of the half brother of North Korea's leader

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — The Latest on the trial in Malaysia of two women accused of killing estranged North Korean scion Kim Jong Nam (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

A chemist has testified in a Malaysian court that he found traces of VX nerve agent and its precursors on the clothing of the Vietnamese suspect in the murder of the half brother of North Korea's leader.

His testimony has now linked VX to both women accused of smearing Kim Jong Nam's face with poison in a brazen assassination at the Kuala Lumpur airport in February. The chemist said earlier Thursday he found degraded VX on Indonesian suspect Siti Aisyah's clothing and other witnesses have said Kim died of acute VX poisoning.

Chemist Raja Subramaniam said he found VX in its pure form and VX precursors on Doan Thi Huong's jumper, which was seen in airport video emblazoned with the word LOL on the front. The chemist also told the court he found degraded VX on cuts of Huong's fingernails.

___

10:30 a.m.

A chemist says he found a byproduct of VX nerve agent on the shirt of the Indonesian woman on trial in Malaysia for the murder of the half brother of North Korea's leader.

The testimony Thursday was the first evidence linking VX to either of the two suspects. Previous witnesses have testified the nerve agent was found on Kim Jong Nam's body and belongings and have identified acute VX poisoning as the cause of Kim's death.

Government chemist Raja Subramaniam told the court he found VX acid, a byproduct of the banned chemical weapon, on Siti Aisyah's sleeveless T-shirt.

Raja said VX will degrade when it reacts with water, leaving detectable byproducts, and a person can fully decontaminate their hands by washing and scrubbing.

Related News

Residents say tests find toxic chemicals after plant fire

Oct 3, 2017

Houston-area residents say in a newly filed class-action lawsuit that tests have detected toxic substances in soil, water and ash samples taken miles from a chemical plant that flooded during Hurricane Harvey several weeks ago, caught fire and exploded

Discharge turns water at base of Niagara Falls black

Jul 31, 2017

The water near the base of Niagara Falls turned an alarming shade of black before tourists' eyes following a foul-smelling discharge from a wastewater treatment plant

Snapchat's growth stalls in Facebook's shadow; stock plunges

May 11, 2017

Facebook's shadow continues to hang over Snapchat as its parent company reports disappointing numbers

Peaple also read these

Residents say tests find toxic chemicals after plant fire

Oct 3, 2017

Houston-area residents say in a newly filed class-action lawsuit that tests have detected toxic substances in soil, water and ash samples taken miles from a chemical plant that flooded during Hurricane Harvey several weeks ago, caught fire and exploded

Discharge turns water at base of Niagara Falls black

Jul 31, 2017

The water near the base of Niagara Falls turned an alarming shade of black before tourists' eyes following a foul-smelling discharge from a wastewater treatment plant

Snapchat's growth stalls in Facebook's shadow; stock plunges

May 11, 2017

Facebook's shadow continues to hang over Snapchat as its parent company reports disappointing numbers

About Us

Stillsurge is a home for individuals to find the latest day-to-day Science and Technology news which electrify and empower their knowledge.

Contact us: sales@stillsurge.com