Kim murder suspect says she was taken advantage of
The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC - Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese passport holder who is allegedly involved in the murder of Kim Jong Nam at an airport in Malaysia earlier this month, said she was being taken advantage of and thought she was taking part in a comedy video, according to local media.
Huong made the claim at a meeting with officials of the Vietnamese embassy in Malaysia last Saturday, local media said, citing Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry. Malaysia had approved representatives of the Vietnamese embassy in Malaysia to make diplomatic contact with Huong following a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meeting in the Philippines last week.
The 29-year-old Huong, a resident of Nam Dinh Province, was arrested on suspicion of her participation in the assassination on February 13 of Kim at Kuala Lumpur international airport.
Huong’s health was stable, local media reported. During her meeting with officials of the Vietnamese embassy, Huong said she was being taken advantage of and thought she was part of a comedy video.
Siti Aishah, the other suspect of Kim’s murder, also told Indonesian embassy officials that she had thought she was joining a reality television show, according to Reuters.
The Vietnamese embassy in Malaysia has been told to request the Malaysian side to deal with the murder in line with its law and international practices and to take steps to provide legal support for Huong’s legitimate rights. Vietnamese agencies are closely working with Malaysia over the investigation into the case.
Malaysian police were quoted by international media as saying last week that VX nerve agent, which is classified as a chemical weapon, was used to kill the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.