Suspect in Kim’s killing was ‘paid $90 for baby oil prank’

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 25 (IANS) The Indonesian woman suspect in the murder of Kim Jong-nam said she was “hired” by two men to carry out a “prank” on the North Korean and was paid 400 Malaysian ringgits ($90) for it.

Siti Aisyah claimed that the men, whom she named as James and Chan, “looked like Korean or Japanese”, Indonesian deputy ambassador to Malaysia Andreano Erwin said.

Andreano, who was allowed to meet the Indonesian for half an hour at the lockup in Cyberjaya police station on Saturday, said she was paid 400 Malaysian ringgits ($90) to carry out the prank for a reality show in Malaysia, reported the Star newspaper reported.

Siti claimed she did not know that the liquid she was given to swab on face of the half-brother of the North Korean leader was poisonous as she thought it was baby oil, said Andreano.

Tests showed that Kim was killed with the highly-toxic nerve agent VX, which is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the UN.

On her connection to Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong in the case, Andreano said that Siti did not know her.

“Siti Aisyah is in healthy condition,” Andreano told reporters, adding that they were waiting for developments in the police investigations.

Officials from the Vietnam embassy were also seen at the police station. However, they did not make any comments.

Kim Jong-nam was killed last week after a suspected poisoning while on his way to catch a flight to Macau from the Kuala Lumpur Airport.

–IANS

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