VX nerve agent an effective murder weapon, says witness


SHAH ALAM: Use of the VX nerve agent is an  effective way to kill someone which can be done by applying the liquid into the victim’s eyes and neck, the High Court was told yesterday.

Dr S.Raja, 42, the only Malaysian with a PhD in Chemical Weapon Analysis, said it was because the penetration is rapid through  the two parts in the body “I can give my opinion.If I am in that position, I will apply on the eyes and skin of the neck because based on the routes of entry, is faster through eyes.

“Being colourless, odourless, and tasteless makes VX a non-volatile type, which makes it very strategic to be used as contact point of hazard .You can target any individual without effecting the surrounding,” he said in  replying to a question from Deputy Public Prosecution Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin, on why VX is effective in killing a human being.

The Head of Lab, Centre for Analysis of the Department of Chemistry Malaysia said this  at the trial of two women, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, who are both charged with four others still at large with murdering Kim Chol, 45, at the Departure Hall of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2  (klia2) at 9am on Feb 13.

Wan Shaharuddin : VX is a weapon to kill  a human being? Dr Raja: Yes

Wan Shaharuddin: VX can be used to assassinate  a person?

Dr Raja : Yes

Wan Shaharuddin:  Can you put the VX in a bottle  and spray to a person’s face? Dr Raja: No, it is because the viscosity is too high to be able to be sprayed  and to be used as an aerosol.

Wan Shaharuddin: Can you splash  VX to kill someone?

Dr Raja: Yes, you can if the dosage is sufficient  and enough and its depends on the routes of penetration.

The hearing before Justice Datuk Azmi Arifin continues on Monday.

On Monday, the parties in the murder trial will go to Chemistry Department in Petaling Jaya as the samples  would be identified at the place as the VX poison was still active.

Justice Azmi said after the process of identification of the samples was completed, the trial would continue at the High Court on that day. — Bernama