Assassination of Kim Jong-nam: a suspect believed to be a joke

News 20 March, 2018
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    Tuesday, 20 march 2018 05:57

    Tuesday, 20 march 2018 05:57

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    SHAH ALAM, Malaysia | one of The two suspect deemed to be in Malaysia for the murder of a half-brother in disgrace of the leader of North Korea was thought to participate in a farce and has realized that after his arrest the man had died, said Tuesday his lawyer.

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    This woman, the Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, appears for more than five months at the side of the Indonesian Siti Aisyah before the High Court of Shah Alam, a district on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, close to the airport where Kim Jong-nam, had been assassinated on February 13, 2017.

    The defense lawyers argue, since the beginning of the case that these two women were recruited to participate in what they believed to be a farce-style “hidden camera”, but that they have been flouées, swept up in a conspiracy fomented by north Korean agents.

    At a hearing Tuesday, the lawyer for Huong said that one of the four suspects north koreans escape had recruited the Vietnamese and had made him commit what she thought was a joke.

    Huong was coming to Malaysia shortly before the assassination, according to his statements to the police, reported to the court. A few days earlier, she had visited the Kuala Lumpur airport and was met with the North Korean, that she knew as Mr. Y.

    At a previous hearing, the court had indicated that this man was Ri Ji Hyon and that he had fled Malaysia with three other suspects from north korea shortly after the crime.

    On the instructions of Mr Y, Duong has been involved in pranks that were to go behind people putting their hands on their face, according to documents read before the court.

    The day of the crime, Mr Y gave him an oily substance she has applied on the face of a man. After washing the hands, she was back at his hotel.

    Kim Jong-nam, a critic of the north Korean regime who lived in exile, had been attacked in the VX, a nerve agent, version highly lethal sarin gas, which is considered a weapon of mass destruction. He was dead shortly after. The Vietnamese had been arrested two days later.

    Since the beginning of the case, South Korea accuses the North of having orchestrated the assassination, what Pyongyang has always denied.