Kim Jong-nam killing: Suspect ‘was paid $90 for baby oil prank’

  • 25 February 2017
  • From the section Asia
Siti AisyahImage copyrightEPA
Image captionSiti Aisyah “met some people who looked Japanese or Korean”, Indonesian officials said

An Indonesian woman arrested for the murder of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader has said she was given 400 Malaysian ringgits ($90; £72) to carry out a prank.

Indonesian embassy officials met Siti Aisyah, 25, on Saturday in the Malaysian capital.

She said she was given the cash to smear Kim Jong-nam’s face with “baby oil” as part of a reality show joke.

Tests show Mr Kim was killed with the highly toxic nerve agent VX.

It is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations.

Who could be behind the attack?

Unravelling the mystery of Kim Jong-nam’s death

Mr Kim died last week after two women accosted him briefly in a check-in hall at Kuala Lumpur international airport.


The airport has been swept for toxic chemicals by a forensic team, the fire department and the Atomic Energy Licensing Board.


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