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Assassination Suspect Claims "Tricked to Join Prank"

Assassination Suspect Claims "Tricked to Join Prank"

Anchor: Malaysian police arrested the two female prime suspects in connection with the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the 45-year old half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Holding Vietnamese and Indonesian passports, the two suspects were seen on airport CCTV cameras on Monday spraying a substance on Kim's face and covering his mouth with a cloth. One of the suspects claimed that they were tricked by four men to join what she believed was a prank on flight passengers.
Bae Joo-yon has more. 

Report: A female suspect involved in the killing of Kim Jong-nam is said to have testified that she was tricked to join what she believed was a prank.

Quoting local investigators, the Chinese-language Oriental Daily on Thursday reported the suspect's testimony about the death of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The news agency cited the 28-year-old “Doan Thi Huong” as claiming that four men proposed her and her friend spray the face of the deceased.

The suspect, who holds a Vietnamese passport, said they were also instructed to cover Kim's face with a handkerchief from behind as a practical joke on passengers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The two women left the airport by taxi immediately after the assault. The suspect said that they then met the men at a hotel near the airport. 

She claims to have returned to the airport, where she was arrested on Wednesday, to look for her friend who left the hotel with the four men and didn't return. 

Another female suspect, who appears to be the friend, was arrested on Thursday. The second suspect held an Indonesian passport which identified her as a 25-year old named Siti Aishah. 

Singaporean Channel News Asia said that the Malaysian police also arrested the second suspect's boyfriend.

Kim Jong-nam was killed at an international airport in Malaysia on Monday after two female suspects sprayed an unidentified substance on his face and covered his mouth with cloth from behind.

The 45-year old, once touted as North Korea's next leader, was critical of the third-generation power succession in North Korea although he recently abstained from commenting on the North Korean regime. He had been living outside the country since his younger brother rose to power in 2012. 

Malaysian police are tracking the other suspects, believed to have conspired for the assassination.
Bae Joo-yon, KBS World Radio News.

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