Monday, 6 December 2021

Vietnam Kim killing suspect thought she was in ´comedy video´


HANOI: Vietnam said the Vietnamese woman accused of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un´s half brother told officials she thought she was taking part in a prank for a comedy video. Doan Thi Huong was arrested alongside an Indonesian woman, with both accused of kim1carrying out a fatal poison attack on Kim Jong-Nam in Malaysia on February 13. Leaked CCTV footage from Kuala Lumpur airport shows two women shoving something into Kim´s face. The 45-year-old later suffered a seizure and was dead before he reached hospital. Huong told Vietnam´s foreign ministry that she believed she was tricked into killing Kim in a bizarre Cold-War-style killing. “She is in stable health. During contact with embassy staff, Huong said she… had thought she was playing a role in a humorous video clip,” a statement from Vietnam´s foreign ministry said, confirming that she was a Vietnamese national. The ministry added it would cooperate with Malaysian authorities on the investigation. Huong gained notoriety after Malaysian police shared CCTV images of the 28-year-old at the airport wearing a top emblazoned with “LOL” shortly after the high-profile assassination. Unsubstantiated photographs have circulated on social media showing a woman who looks similar to Huong auditioning for a television talent show. Others have linked to a YouTube channel apparently showing the same young woman kissing a famous social media prankster. Vietnamese officials have not released any further details about Huong. The Indonesian woman being held over the assassination said earlier she had been paid $90 for taking part in what she thought was a TV prank show. Malaysian police have said Kim was assassinated with VX – a lethal nerve agent manufactured for chemical warfare and listed by the UN as a weapon of mass destruction.

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