Kim Jong-nam alleged killer ‘thought she was taking part in TV prank’


Siti Aisyah, 25, is reportedly the unknowing assassin of North Korean dictator’s half-brother

Indonesia’s police chief has claimed that the Indonesian woman who was arrested on suspicion of killing Kim Jong-nam, North Korea dictator Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother in Malaysia, was told she was talking part in a comedy TV show prank.

Siti Aisyah, 25, was reportedly told that she was filming a comedy TV show called “Just for Laughs” where she, allegedly, took part in a series of pranks involving convincing men to close their eyes and then spraying them with water.

Mr Karnavian said that the 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. “She was not aware that it was an assassination attempt by alleged foreign agents” he added.

The suspects:

Kim was murdered in Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur airport on Monday by two female assassins who sprayed him with an unknown poison. Aisyah was arrested on Thursday along with another woman, believed to be a Vietnamese national. Aisyah’s boyfriend is also in custody, however police said he was not a suspect but had been detained in order to help them with their inquiries.

Just a country girl:

Aisyah’s relatives have expressed the same claims as Karnavian, insisting that she had been hired to perform in a short comedy film and had travelled to China for the work. Aisyah’s mother, Benah, said it was “impossible” her daughter was an assassin, she told the Sydney Morning Herald that she’s just a country girl.

DNA Sample required to release the body:

Malaysia announced earlier that it would not release Kim’s body to North Korea or release the autopsy report that would reveal the cause of death unless one of his relatives provide a DNA sample.

“North Korea has submitted a request to claim the body but before we release the body we have to identify who the body belongs to.” Selangor Police Chief said

Despite objections from North Korean diplomats, an autopsy was carried out at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, it is not known when the results will be made public.

Kim’s estranged family:

Kim, who previously spoke out against his family’s dynastic control of North Korea, was estranged from his younger brother and lived with his wife and two children in Macau on the south coast of China.

South Korean media reported that the two female suspects were believed to be North Korean agents working on behalf of Kim Jong-un.

On Thursday, it was reported that Mr Kim had written a letter to his half-brother asking him to withdraw an order for his assassination, following an alleged attempt on his life in 2012.