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Doan Thi Huong (Royal Malaysia Police).

Aspiring star?

Suspect in Kim Jong Nam’s murder may have been contestant on ‘Vietnam Idol’

By WITW Staff on February 22, 2017

As investigators continue to probe the murder of Kim Jong Nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, details are emerging about one of the women suspected of poisoning Kim Jong Nam at a Malaysian airport.

Reuters’ Matthew Tostevin combed multiple Facebook profiles that appear to belong to Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese woman who has been accused of wiping a toxic substance on Kim Jong Nam’s face, which officials say led to his death shortly thereafter.

Huong, described by Malaysian police as an “entertainment outlet employee,” appears to have been an aspiring singer.  A URL posted to one of her Facebook profiles links out to the page of Vietnam Idol, a reality television show. A woman who closely resembled Huong did in fact compete on the series in 2016. She left after the first round.

Last year, Huong wrote in a Facebook post: “Can I sing you a song tonight? Reply the fastest and put your phone number in the comment. I will call and sing for you.”

Multiple accounts feature photos of Huong attending parties. She “liked” the pages of cosmetics, clothing brands, and fast food stores. She listed her place of education as Harvard, but Huong’s relatives said they did not believe this to be true.

Huong’s family members also told Tostevin that Huong had left their rice farm a decade ago, when she was 18 years old. They said she only visited on occasion, and that they were rarely apprised of her whereabouts.

In a photo posted to one of her profiles, Huong wears a sweater stamped with the acronym “LOL” — the very same sweater that was seen on one of the suspects as she fled the murder scene.

On Friday, authorities revealed that the other woman implicated in Kim’s death, 25-year-old Siti Aisyah, said she believed she was taking part in an undercover prank TV show when she helped deliver the fatal substance to the North Korean heir.

Read the full story at Reuters.


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