PETALING JAYA (AP) – A Malaysian airport security video shows the poisoned half-brother of North Korea’s leader apparently unconscious on a gurney and being pumped with oxygen by medical attendants as they wait for an elevator to take him to an ambulance.
The video reviewed by The Associated Press on Monday shows what may be Kim Jong Nam’s final recorded moments of life after he fell perilously ill at the international airport in Kuala Lumpur on February 13. It emerged as the trial of two women accused of killing Kim by smearing VX nerve agent on his face at the behest of suspected North Korean agents is underway at Malaysia’s High Court.
The scene in the video appears almost casual, in contrast to the dramatic story of Kim’s death that topped news bulletins around the world.
After the gurney carrying Kim’s motionless body was brought into an apparently authorised personnel-only area of the airport for transfer to an ambulance, one of the five people with him summonned the elevator. It took more than a minute to arrive and during that time the attendants, dressed in green uniform, appeared to talk while one squeezed a resuscitation device strapped to Kim’s face.
After the elevator doors slide open, the group still didn’t leave for nearly another minute. One of the attendants, who didn’t join the others in the elevator, tried to leave the secure area through a door but discovers it was locked. She was given a cellphone by one of the attendants in the elevator, apparently to call for assistance, but walked back to the elevator again for a brief discussion.
The video was first broadcast last Sunday by Japan’s Fuji TV. The network also broadcast another security video that shows one of the accused women, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, meeting with a man believed to be a North Korean agent at an airport cafe shortly before the attack took place.
Kim was the eldest son in the current generation of North Korea’s dynastic rulers but lived in virtual exile as an apparent family outcast. North Korea experts say he may have been killed because he was perceived as a threat to the nation’s current leader, his younger sibling, Kim Jong-un.