February 22, 2018

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Physician Nik Mohd Adzrul Ariff Raja Azlan, who tended to the victim and was the last witness to testify on Monday, said Kim was sweating profusely.

The court heard by the time Idris got Kim Jong-nam got to a police officer, his eyes were red, and the police officer could see liquid on his face.

Kim, who was 45 or 46, was the eldest son of the family that has ruled North Korea since its founding.

In the moments before his death, Jong-nam's blood pressure soared, his pulse sped up and he began to display seizure symptoms, Nik told the court.

"We are fairly confident that at the end of trial, they will probably be acquitted", Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, a lawyer for Huong, said.

South Korea accuses the North of being behind the murder of Kim Jong-un's estranged half-brother, who had voiced criticism of the regime after falling from grace and going to live in exile overseas. But after North Korea barred Malaysian diplomats and their families from leaving its territory, Malaysia relented.

The post-mortem report on Kim Chol better known as Kim Jong-Nam showed that death was due to VX (nerve agent) poisoning following acute onset exposure, the High Court, here, learnt today. He died en route to the hospital. The trial, which opened Monday, will be scrutinized because of many questions about this crime out standards still remain unanswered: how two women living in precarious conditions, as many migrants in Malaysia have been involved in the killing of such a figure? The 25-year-old was at a pub in Kuala Lumpur in early January when she was recruited by a North Korean man to star in what he said were video prank shows, Gooi said.

A mixture of blood, vomit, and saliva was oozing from the mouth of North Korean Kim Jong-nam as he was being treated at a medical clinic in KL International Airport 2 (KLIA2), the High Court was told.

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"She will be proven innocent", he said.

She was paid up to $200 for each "prank". The incident took place February 13 at Kuala Lumpur's main airport.

The prosecution said that experts will be called upon to prove that the deadly VX poison was the cause of the half-brother's death.

Three other suspects who were at North Korea's embassy were permitted to leave the country after reaching an agreement with Malaysia. They said they were told to wash their hands immediately after smearing the substance on Mr. Kim.

"Doan looks forward to the trial where her innocence will be established", her lawyer said.

She made postings on a Facebook page under the name Ruby Ruby, according to her niece, Dinh Thi Quyen.

Kim weighed 96 kilograms and had tattoos on his chest, arms and back, including a coloured dragon head breathing fire and a man with two fish-like figures, the report said.

The women had previously practiced such encounters in Kuala Lumpur.

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