Doc who declared Jong-Nam dead unable to ascertain exact time of his death

SHAH ALAM: The doctor who attended to Kim Jong-Nam was unable to ascertain the exact time of death upon his arrival at Hospital Putrajaya around 11am on Feb 13, the High Court learnt today.

The 13th witness in the trial, medical officer Dr R. Kalyani, who was at that time serving at the hospital's emergency department, testified that she had tended to Jong-Nam after he was brought there from the Menara clinic at klia2.

Questioned by deputy public prosecutor Raja Zaizul Faridah Raja Zaharudin on Jong-Nam's condition upon arrival, she said that he was not breathing and unresponsive.

Kalyani told the court that she had performed CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on him for 30 minutes and also administered 6mg of adrenaline at the same time but failed to get any vital signs of life before declaring him dead.

She also testified that she had obtained DNA samples from both suspects, Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong, on Feb 16 which were subsequently handed over to the police.

According to Kalyani, two female police officers brought both suspects to the non-critical unit of the hospital's Emergency Department which she was supervising on that day.

Samples of the suspects' fingernails, blood and swabs from their nails, she said, were obtained from the women before it was sealed in a tube and a packet and handed over to Sepang police.

Both policewomen Cpl Ramiyah Ojee and Cpl Faziana Singkong also testified that they had escorted Siti and Doan on Feb 16 to Hospital Putrajaya to take their DNA samples.

To a question by defence counsel Datuk Naran Singh, Faziana initially said investigating officer ASP Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz from the Sepang police district had followed them to the hospital.

However, during re-examination by the prosecution team, Faziana said she was unsure if Wan Azirul Nizam had followed them, clarifying that he had not travelled in the same police car as she, Ramiyah and the two accused.

The hearing continues tomorrow.

Indonesian Siti, 25, and Vietnamese Doan, 29, along with four others still at large, have been charged with the murder of Kim Chol, 45, at the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) departure hall at 9am on Feb 13 this year.

Jong-Nam, who was travelling on a passport bearing the name Kim Chol, died while on the way to the Putrajaya Hospital.

He arrived in the country on Feb 6.

It was reported that Jong-Nam was at klia2 on Feb 13 to board a flight to Macau when two women approached and suddenly wiped his face with toxic liquid which was later identified as the VX nerve agent.

The murder charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.