Published: Sat, February 18, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Kim Jong-nam murder suspect 'thought she was on TV show'

Kim Jong-nam murder suspect 'thought she was on TV show'

Two prime female suspects arrested in the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half brother Kim Jong-nam were brought to Kuala Lumpur International Airport in the Malaysian capital Friday morning for an on-site reenactment of the crime.

It gave no other details.

Indonesia's police chief, meanwhile, said an Indonesian woman arrested for suspected involvement in the death of Kim Jong Nam was duped into thinking she was part of a comedy show prank.

Malaysia said Friday it wants DNA samples from Kim Jong Nam's family as part of the post-mortem procedure and that officials were not yet willing to hand the body over to the North Koreans.

Malaysia's friendly relations with both the U.S. and North Korea make one of the few countries where North Korean officials can engage with American counterparts. United States government sources also said they believed North Korean assassins were responsible.

"Very painful, very painful, I was sprayed liquid", he told a receptionist at a service counter.

A North Korean spy jailed by South Korea in 2012 is said to have admitted trying to organise a hit-and-run accident targeting him.

The secretive state has a long history of sending agents overseas to carry out assassinations, attacks and kidnappings.

Many worldwide observers believe that Kim Jong Nam was under the protection of China as potential leverage against the rogue state's dictator.

He demanded that Malaysia release Kim Jong Nam's body at once.

The statement marked North Korea's first reaction in public to the murder of the 45-year-old half-brother of its leader, who had spent a significant time in foreign countries.

South Korean newspaper, the Kyunghyang Shinmun, has claimed Kim Jong-nam was planning to defect at the time of his death. She is believed to be one of those who executed the murder and was arrested on Tuesday.

The Guardian reported that the prank involved Aisyah and Huong convincing men to close their eyes before spraying them with water.

Malaysian authorities have conducted an autopsy but have not yet released the results.

On Saturday Malaysia's police chief said Pyongyang would have to wait for the investigation to be completed, which would include a family member sending a DNA sample to identify the body. He died while being taken to hospital.

The three suspects - Aisyah, a woman carrying a Vietnamese passport and a man said to be Aisyah's Malaysian boyfriend - were arrested separately Wednesday and Thursday.

NST said she had also stayed at two other hotels - Qlassic Hotel and City View Hotel. The Indonesian government has asked for access to her so that its embassy employees in Kuala Lumpur can provide legal assistance. They say a toxicology report can take two weeks.

THE last moments of Kim Jong-un's estranged half-brother have been caught on camera as authorities question a fourth suspect, a North Korean man, over the poison assassination.

Ha Taekeung, a South Korean lawmaker and North Korea human rights activist, said in a radio interview Thursday that Kim Jong Nam's son, Kim Han Sol, could be in danger because he knows sensitive secrets about Kim Jong Un's personal life.

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