Kim's murder trial to resume with lab visit for VX evidence

Kim's murder trial to resume with lab visit for VX evidence

October 7th, 2017 by Associated Press in National International

FILE - This combination of the Oct. 2, 2017 file photos shows Indonesian Siti Aisyah, left, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, right, escorted by police as they leave a court hearing in Shah Alam, Malaysia, outside Kuala Lumpur. On Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, the trial of two women accused of murdering the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader enters its second week with the court moving temporarily to a high-security laboratory to view evidence tainted with the toxic VX nerve agent.(AP Photo/Daniel Chan, File)

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The trial of two women accused of murdering the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader enters its second week with the court moving temporarily Monday to a high-security laboratory to view evidence tainted with the toxic VX nerve agent.

High Court Judge Azmi Ariffin declared that prosecutors and defense lawyers, along with the two suspects, will hold court at the laboratory for chemical weapons analysis to examine samples of the women's clothing before they are formally submitted as evidence.

The decision came after a government chemist told the court that VX found on the clothing may still be active.

Such a move is not unusual in criminal cases in Malaysia, where judges often visit crime scenes.