Police made a bombshell revelation on Friday about one of the two women arrested in connection with the assassination earlier this week of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s older, half-brother, according to Indonesia’s national chief of police. The Associated Press reported that Malaysian police believe 25-year-old Siti Aisyah was tricked into helping to carry out the daring assassination of Kim Jong-nam. Authorities say the two women approached Kim at an airport in Malaysia and poisoned him. Kim died shortly thereafter as he was being rushed to the hospital. One of the women was seen on airport security video wearing a shirt that had “LOL” printed on the front as she left the scene of the crime. Police identified her as 28-year-old Doan Thi Huong, and arrested her earlier this week, The Guardian reported. Friday’s revelations, however, largely focused on Aisyah. Police have also detained a man described as Aisyah’s boyfriend.
Tito Karnavian, Indonesia’s national police chief, told reporters that Aisyah, who hails from Indonesia, believed she was taking part in a popular hidden camera prank TV show. According to the AP report, Karnavian said that a version of the stunt that would ultimately be the assassination was carried out multiple times prior to the fatal “prank,” and that Aisyah was paid for her participation. In the previous iterations of the prank, Karnavian said, the two women would convince men to close their eyes, at which point they would spray them with a liquid.
“Such an action was done three or four times and they were given a few dollars for it, and with the last target, Kim Jong-nam, allegedly there were dangerous materials in the sprayer,” Karnavian said.
“She was not aware that it was an assassination attempt by alleged foreign agents,” he added.
Friends and family members were stunned by the allegations that Aisyah, a young mother, could be involved in such a dastardly plot, or that she’s been a clandestine government operative along.
“I was shocked to hear that she was arrested for murdering someone,” her former father-in-law told the AP. “I don’t believe that she would commit such a crime or what the media says — that she is an intelligence agent.”
And ultimately, it was a TV interview given by one of Aisyah’s relatives that gave police a clue as to what might have really been going on.
Read the full story at The Associated Press.