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The Latest: VX-tainted samples examined in Malaysia trial

Siti Aisyah of Indonesia, center, is escorted by police as she leaves the court house in Shah Alam, Malaysia, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam pleaded not guilty as their trial opened Monday in the killing of Kim, widely thought to have been orchestrated by his half brother, North Korea's third-generation leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
October 03, 2017 - 9:02 PM

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia - The Latest on the trial in Malaysia of two women accused of killing estranged North Korean scion Kim Jong Nam (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Prosecutors and defence lawyers have examined samples where VX nerve agent was found in the death of the half brother of North Korea's leader.

The Malaysian court took a break Wednesday for the lawyers to examine the samples before they are entered as evidence in the murder trial of two women accused of smearing Kim Jong Nam's face with the poison.

Prosecutors wore gloves and advised defence lawyers to do the same because the VX-tainted samples could still be dangerous.

The post-mortem report says VX was found on Kim's eyes and face, internally in his blood and urine, and on his clothing and bag.

The judge also upheld his decision to remove some details in the post-mortem report that defence attorneys say were hearsay or unproven.

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9:30 a.m.

Prosecutors are asking Malaysia's High Court to restore expunged details in the post-mortem report in the poisoning death of the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader.

The report was presented as evidence Tuesday at the murder trial of the two women accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam's face in a brazen assassination at Kuala Lumpur's airport.

Prosecutors had initially conceded some sentences in the report's summary and conclusion were not admissible. But prosecutor Wah Shaharuddin Wan Ladin told the court Wednesday his concession was premature.

He said the report is based on interviews with people who will be called to testify as witnesses, therefore the information is not hearsay or prejudicial.

A lawyer for one of the women said the prosecutors' reversal was unacceptable.

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