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Embassy caused delay of Jong-nam's autopsy, court told

SHAH ALAM: Kim Jong-nam's post-mortem was delayed due to an objection from a certain embassy, a forensic pathologist told the High Court here on Wednesday.
Dr Mohd Shah Mahmood said that although he saw the deceased's body at the Hospital Putrajaya morgue on Feb 14, he only did the autopsy the next day at Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
The witness was testifying at the trial of 25-year-old Indonesian Siti Aisyah and 28-year-old Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who are both charged with four others still at large with the murder of Kim at the departure hall of the KL International Airport 2 (KLIA2) at 9am on Feb 13.
Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was travelling under the alias of Kim Chol.
During cross examination, Doan's lawyer Datuk Naran Singh questioned why the pathologist waited a day to do the post-mortem.
"There was an objection by an embassy representative made to the PDRM (Royal Malaysian Police) and the Foreign Ministry. It was also referred to the AGC (Attorney-General's Chambers).
"We postponed until getting instructions," he answered, on Wednesday.
Asked who exactly made the objection, Dr Mohd Shah said he only remembered it came from "a Korean embassy" but was not sure as it was a verbal objection.
The hearing continues Thursday before Justice Azmi Ariffin.
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