KUALA LUMPUR: A video of probably the last moments of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has surfaced.
The Malaysian airport security video shows the poisoned Jong Nam apparently unconscious on a stretcher.
The video shows him being pumped with oxygen by medical attendants as they wait for an elevator to take him to an ambulance.
Jong Nam is said to have been smeared with VX nerve agent at klia2 on Feb 13 while waiting to board a flight to Macau. He was using a passport with a different name.
The trial of two women accused of killing Jong Nam is going on at the High Court. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, 29, and Indonesian national Siti Aisyah, 25, have claimed trial to the murder. They were jointly charged with four others who are still at large.
According to a report in News.com.au today, the video was first broadcast late Sunday by Japan’s Fuji TV.
The network also broadcast another security video that it said showed Siti Aisyah meeting with a man, believed to be a North Korean agent, at an airport cafe shortly before the attack took place.
The report said the scene in the video appeared almost casual, in contrast to the dramatic story of Jong Nam’s death that topped news bulletins around the world.
In recounting the scene in the video, the report says: “After the gurney carrying Kim’s motionless body is brought into an apparently authorised-personnel-only area of the airport for transfer to an ambulance, one of the five people with him summons the elevator.
“It takes more than a minute to arrive and during that time, the attendants, in green uniforms, appear to talk while one squeezes a resuscitation device strapped to Kim’s face.
“After the elevator doors open, the group still doesn’t leave for nearly another minute. One of the attendants, who doesn’t join the others in the elevator, tries to leave the secure area through a door but discovers it is locked. She is given a cellphone by one of the attendants in the elevator, apparently to call for assistance, but walks back to the elevator again for a brief discussion.”
Earlier, the doctor who had examined Jong Nam at Klia2’s Menara Medical Clinic prior to being sent to the Putrajaya Hospital, Dr Nik Mohd Adzrul Ariff Raja Azlan, had told the murder trial that he had found Jong Nam to be unconscious after being informed about the incident.
He said a mixture of blood, vomit, and saliva was oozing from Jong Nam’s mouth. However, after giving Jong Nam some medication, there was an improvement in his vital signs.
Nik Mohd Adzrul Ariff said they decided to transfer Jong Nam to the Putrajaya Hospital.
“I can’t remember exactly how many of us carried him on the stretcher to the ambulance. There were maybe four or five of us, including the nurses and paramedic as well as one police officer,” he was reported to have told the court.
Jong Nam and Jong Un are both sons of former North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il, who died in late 2011. But they had different mothers.
Earlier reports had said that Jong Nam was believed to have been close to his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, who was North Korea’s second most powerful man before being executed on Jong Un’s orders in 2013.