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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.