Woman ‘paid $100 to target Kim Jong-nam in prank’

A WOMAN suspected of being involved in the assassination plot of Kim Jong-un’s brother was reportedly offered just $100 to carry out the attack which she believed was a prank.

As Malaysian police detained a third person over the death of Kim Jong-nam, it has been revealed that the two women and four men allegedly involved didn’t know each other before being brought together to carry out the attack.

According to UK newspaperThe Telegraph, a Malaysian security source revealed the six suspects were all living in Kuala Lumpur and were recruited by a secret service agent.

Dean Thi Huong, 28, from Nam Dinh, Vietnam, was arrested on Wednesday at the airport budget­ departure hall where Kim Jong-nam was attacked.

Indonesian national Siti Aishah was taken into custody on Thursday.

A third person, understood to be Aishah’s boyfriend has also been detained and is not believed to be involved in the case but has provided details over his girlfriend’s arrest, The Telegraph reported.

Citing Indonesian news site Kumpuran, it reported Aisha had been approached in the nightclub where she worked in the Malaysian capital and was offered $100 to take part in the plot.

A 2001 photo shows Kim Jong-nam in Narita, Japan after he tried to enter the country on a fake passport. Picture: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP

A 2001 photo shows Kim Jong-nam in Narita, Japan after he tried to enter the country on a fake passport. Picture: Shizuo Kambayashi/APSource:AP

But like Doan, she told police she believed the stunt was part of a prank and she had no idea who Kim Jong-nam even was. The report has yet to be verified.

According to Kumpuran, Siti also thought the others were part of a film crew involved in a reality TV show.

It is understood Siti is a divorced mother-of-one who worked as a domestic worker in Jakarta before moving to Malaysia.

Indonesia’s foreign ministry has confirmed the arrest of a female national in connection with Kim Jong-nam’s death.

The low-budget airline terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport where Kim Jong-nam was reportedly assassinated on Monday. Picture: Margie Mason/AP

The low-budget airline terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport where Kim Jong-nam was reportedly assassinated on Monday. Picture: Margie Mason/APSource:AP

FIVE SECONDS TO DEATH

Meanwhile it emerged that it took just five seconds for Kim Jong-nam to die following the suspected poison attack.

One of the women stepped in front of him to distract him while the other came up behind with a dark glove on one hand and placed him in a chokehold before splashing him in the face with a spray, theNew Straits Times reported.

CCTV images show a woman in a white shirt with LOL printed on the front standing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia waiting for a taxi following the death of Kim Jong-nam.

CCTV images show a woman in a white shirt with LOL printed on the front standing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia waiting for a taxi following the death of Kim Jong-nam.Source:The Courier-Mail

Kim Jong-nam quickly sought help at the airport clinic but died on route to hospital.

The attack was captured by several surveillance cameras in the busy departure terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday morning and showed one of the women hurrying down an escalator to escape.

The results of the autopsy could take up to a week to be released and will prove beyond doubt whether Kim Jong-nam was poisoned. Kim Jong-nam’s body will remain under police protection until then.

A source close to the post-mortem process at Kuala Lumpur Hospital told the New Straits Times that there were no puncture wounds on Kim Jong-nam’s body or face, which would make earlier reports that he was injected with a lethal poison less plausible.

He also told medical workers before he died that he had been attacked with a chemical spray.

The woman who wore a LOL shirt is suspected of attacking Kim Jong-nam on Monday. Picture: Yonhap News Agency/AAP

The woman who wore a LOL shirt is suspected of attacking Kim Jong-nam on Monday. Picture: Yonhap News Agency/AAPSource:AAP

THE SUSPECTS

South Korea claims female agents working for Pyongyang poisoned Kim Jong-nam as he was getting ready to board a flight to Macau.

According to the New Straits Times, one of the men suspected of being involved in the attack is believed to be a North Korean intelligence officer who disguised himself as a woman during the attack.

South Korea’s spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, said that the North had been trying for five years to kill Kim Jong-nam.

This photo from Indonesian news portal Kumparan shows the passport photo of Siti Aishah, 25, an Indonesian woman suspected to be involved in the killing of the North Korean leader’s half brother at Kuala Lumpur Airport on Monday. Picture: Kumparan via AP

This photo from Indonesian news portal Kumparan shows the passport photo of Siti Aishah, 25, an Indonesian woman suspected to be involved in the killing of the North Korean leader’s half brother at Kuala Lumpur Airport on Monday. Picture: Kumparan via APSource:AP

The New Straits Times also cited a “genuine” attempt by North Korea to kill Kim Jong-nam in 2012, politicians said.

The National Intelligence Service told them that Kim Jong-nam sent a letter to Kim Jong-un in April 2012, after the assassination attempt, begging for the lives of himself and his family.

Kim Jong-nam, the 45-year-old playboy, had been living in exile in Macau and never knew his estranged younger half-brother.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is pictured visiting the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the 75th birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong Il, known as the Day of the Shining Star, to pay tribute to him, in Pyongyang. Picture: AAP

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is pictured visiting the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the 75th birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong Il, known as the Day of the Shining Star, to pay tribute to him, in Pyongyang. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Known as a playboy because of his vice for gambling, drinking and women, Kim Jong-nam reportedly had two wives, at least one mistress, and several children.

As North Korea celebrates the 75th birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-il, news of his eldest son’s death has gone largely unreported in the country.

FALLEN SON

Former leader Kim Jong-il had at least three sons with two women, as well as a daughter, Kim Yo-jong by a third.

Kim Jong-nam was the eldest, followed by Kim Jong-chul, who is a few years older than Kim Jong-un.

A 1981 of Kim Jong-nam pictured with his father, the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Picture: Yonhap News Agency/AP

A 1981 of Kim Jong-nam pictured with his father, the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Picture: Yonhap News Agency/APSource:AAP

But his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, reportedly disapproved of Kim Jong-nam’s parents being unmarried and his actress mother, Song Hye-rim, which meant he was largely hidden from the world in his early years.

While he was educated in Switzerland and Moscow, he returned to Pyongyang in the 1990s with many seeing him as the next natural ruler.

However in 2001, Kim Jong-nam fell severely out of favour after attempting to visit Japan on a fake passport, revealing he wanted to head to Disneyland.

The move was said to have brought enormous shame on the Kim family who saw it as a major embarrassment.

debra.killalea@news.com.au

The North Korean Embassy has sent its diplomats to the hospital where the post mortem was carried out. Picture: King Chai/AP

The North Korean Embassy has sent its diplomats to the hospital where the post mortem was carried out. Picture: King Chai/APSource:AP

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, having graduated with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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