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Jong-nam's personal belongings sent back to North Korea

SHAH ALAM: The personal belongings of Kim Jong-nam were sent back to North Korea promptly after they were tested for traces of chemical weapons, the High Court here was told.
Centre for Analysis of Chemical Weapon Agents' head of laboratories Dr Raja Subramaniam said on Tuesday that had been instructed to release the items, including the blazer belonging to Kim Jong Nam.
He added that the clothing samples used to confirm the traces of VX found on the two accused were destroyed after testing as per standard operating procedure.
This follows Dr Raja's testimony last week, where he said that his analysis showed traces of VX, its precursors and degradation products on the sleeves of a T-shirt worn by 28-year-old Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong.
Doan, Siti and four others still at large have been charged with the murder of the 45-year-old Kim at the departure hall of KLIA2 at 9am on Feb 13.
Both Doan and Siti face the death penalty if convicted.
During cross examination on the trial's sixth day, Siti's lawyer Gooi Soon Seng asked Dr Raja if there was any evidence in the Malaysian laboratory's possession that could be cross checked.
He replied that the clothes of Doan and Siti were still in evidence storage, though the deceased's personal effects had been shipped back.
Asked why the evidence was released, he said it was on instruction from the Investigating Officer that the items be sent back to North Korea.
The items sent back included shoes, jeans, blazer, bangles, bags, wallets, a purse, necklaces, a ring and a watch.
The hearing continues on Wednesday before Justice Azmi Ariffin. 
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