The trial of two women accused of killing Kim Jong Un’s half-brother has moved to a high-security lab to view poison-tainted clothes worn by the suspects.
Government chemist Raja Subramaniam spent more than an hour showing evidence contaminated with VX nerve agent in a small room at a government chemistry department in Malaysia.
Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, are accused of smearing the poison on Kim Jong Nam’s face in a Kuala Lumpur airport terminal on 13 February.
Mr Raja said last week that VX had been detected on Mr Kim’s face, eyes, clothing and in his blood and urine samples.
He also gave evidence that the nerve agent he found on the suspects’ clothes could still be active.
VX is banned by an international treaty as a weapon of mass destruction but is believed to be part of North Korea’s chemical weapons arsenal.
Defence lawyer Selvi Sandrasegaram, Huong and two police officers were in the room with the tainted evidence as it was put on show.
Other participants in the trial watched from behind a glass screen.
The lawyer said Huong wanted to go into the room to have a closer look at the evidence, which included her fingernail clippings and the white jumper emblazoned with the “LOL” acronym for “laughing out loud” which she was seen wearing on airport surveillance video.
Mr Raja will be cross-examined by defence lawyers when the trial resumes on Tuesday.
Prosecutors have also said they will present airport security videos this week which show the two women carrying out the attack and indicate they knew they were handling poison.
Both defendants have pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Kim, saying they thought they were involved in a reality TV show prank.
The pair face the death penalty if convicted.
Kim, the eldest son in the current generation of North Korea’s dynastic rulers, was believed to be a family outcast who may have been perceived as a threat by the nation’s leader, his youngest sibling Kim Jong Un.