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Suspect in Kim Jong-nam's Murder Thought It Was a Joke

By February 20, 2017 at 7:02 am
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The Kim Jong-nam murder case just got more bizarre, as one suspect claimed she thought she was participating in a television show.

Suspect Siti Aisha told Malaysian police that she thought it was a prank for a comedy show. According to the 25-year-old, she and another woman would convince men to close their eyes. When they did, the women would spray them with water. They apparently did this "three to four times" and were paid a few dollars. But in Kim's case, a dangerous substance was apparently added in the water sprayed on his face.

Indonesian police chief Tito Karnavian told reporters in Aceh Province that the suspect "was not aware that it was an assassination attempt by alleged foreign agents."

"She was used but she didn't know what it was for," Karnavian added.

The suspect has been described by her family as a struggling mother who's in Malaysia to work.

Despite her claims, police are still investigating whether Siti and another female suspect are involved in Kim's death. Siti's 26-year-old boyfriend has also been arrested and the police are still looking for other persons of interest. A North Korean man, Ri Jong Chol, has also been picked up in connection with the case.

The death of Kim Jong-un's half-brother has already started a diplomatic row between Malaysia and North Korea. The reclusive country had reportedly demanded that Kim's body be released and that no autopsy be performed.

But Malaysia denied its counterpart's request, stating that Kim's body can't be released to North Korea until DNA from the next-of-kin is provided "in order to get conclusive evidence on the victim's identity." An autopsy has also been performed on Kim's body.

However, North Korean ambassador Kang Chol said they "will categorically reject the result of the postmortem conducted unilaterally excluding our attendance." The ambassador has also accused Malaysia of "colluding with outside forces," presumably a reference to long-time rival South Korea. 

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