Updated December 01, 2017 17:59:12>
>Video: Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong are accused of murdering Kim Jong-nam (Image: AP) (ABC News)
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The assassinated half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was holding the antidote to the poison that killed him, a Malaysian court was told this week.
- Kim Jong-nam trial will resume on January 22
- The half brother of Kim Jong-un had 12 doses on atropine on him when he died
- Two women accused of killing Kim Jong-nam could face death penalty
The high-profile trial of two women accused of killing Kim Jong-nam has gone into recess until next year.
Indonesia's Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnam's Doan Thi Huong, 29, are accused of smearing a VX nerve agent on Kim Jong-nam's face in a crowded airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur on February 13.
The two are the only suspects in custody, though prosecutors have said four North Koreans who have since fled the country were also involved.
Prosecutors have focused on proving the women's guilt but shied away from scrutinising any political motive behind the killing.
Defence lawyers, who say their clients were duped into carrying out the attack, will look to shift that focus when the trial resumes on January 22.>
> Photo: Kim Jong-nam was the eldest son of Kim Jong-il, but left North Korea in 2001. (AP: Shizuo Kambayashi, file photo)
Police testified at the time of his death, Kim Jong-nam was carrying eight international currencies, including $163,000, and a drug known to be an antidote for nerve agents.
CNN reported Malaysia's High Court heard Kim Jong-nam had 12 doses of atropine on him — a medication that treats certain types of nerve agent and pesticide poisonings.
An autopsy showed the banned VX nerve agent was found on Kim Jong-nam's face and in his eyes, blood, urine, clothing and bag.
His organs were damaged, including part of his brain, both lungs, his liver and spleen.
Doctors concluded the cause of his death was "acute VX nerve agent poisoning", and ruled out contributing factors.
It is known that Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of the family that has ruled North Korea since its founding, had been living abroad for years after falling out of favour.
It is thought that he could have been seen as a threat to his brother Kim Jong-un's rule.>
>Video: CCTV footage of the moment Kim Jong-nam was attacked (ABC News)
VX was 'strategic' choice of poison
The two young women face the death penalty if convicted, but under Malaysian law they cannot be sentenced to die if they did not have intent to kill. That is their defence.
The court has heard that traces of VX were found on the women's clothing as well as on Huong's fingernails.
A government chemist testified that VX was a "strategic" choice of poison because it does not evaporate quickly and a victim could be targeted without affecting the surroundings.
The chemist told the court that rubbing VX on a person's eye would be the fastest way to kill because the eyes have no barrier like the skin.
He said the palm is the least sensitive area and VX could be washed from the hand within 15 minutes of exposure — which could explain why the women were not affected.
Prosecutors contend the women knew they were handling poison and deliberately rushed to wash their hands after the attack.
Security camera footage shows both holding their hands away from their bodies as they rush to separate restrooms.
Defence lawyers argued the women did not flee the country nor discard their clothing, indicating they did not know they were handling poison.
Furthermore, they point to the women's contention that they thought they were playing a prank for a hidden camera show.
The defence says the men who hired the women for the prank show were actually North Korean agents who fled the country after the attack. North Korea has denied any involvement.>
> Photo: Kim Jong-nam had antidote to poison that killed him. (AP: Shin In-seop/JoongAng Ilbo, File)
Officials don't want trial politicised
When the trial resumes, defence lawyers will look to shift the focus onto the North Koreans.
Malaysian officials have never officially accused Pyongyang of involvement in Kim Jong-nam's death and they have made it clear they do not want the trial politicised.
Details are still uncertain over how and why Kim Jong-un's half brother was killed, but government officials and independent experts all say the assassination looks like the work of North Korean agents.
The defence will start with the cross-examination of the chief police investigator, whom they have described as the most important witness.
They are expected to question him about the role of North Korean chemist Ri Jong-chol, who was detained shortly after the killing but released due to lack of evidence and deported.
Defence lawyers said Ri Jong-Chol, who had used a North Korean Embassy car since 2015, was a key suspect as his house could have been where the nerve agent used in the killing was made.
Prosecutors have about a dozen more minor witnesses to call before they are expected to rest their case in March.
The judge could then make a ruling by the second quarter of 2018.
If the judge finds there is no case against the women, they will be freed.
If he rules otherwise, the defence will be called and the trial will continue for several more months.
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