Reports issued by an Indonesian official state that one of the Indonesian woman who is one of the suspects in the killing of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un’s half-brother said that she was paid $90 for what she thought was a prank.
The suspects who goes by the name Siti Aisyah urged the authorities that she did not want her parents to see her in custody, this was revealed by Andriano Erwin who is Indonesia’s deputy ambassador to Malaysia. The country recently revealed that VX nerve agent was used in the unfortunate killing that claimed Kim Jong Nam’s life.
It’s without a doubt that the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, which took place on the 13th of February was a well-planned hit. After the two women went behind him and appeared to be smearing something onto his face, Kim was pronounced dead within hours of the attack.
The 25-year-old suspect said that she was duped into the attack. However, the Malaysian police said that she and the other Vietnamese woman who’s also in custody knew that they were assassinating Kim.
There has been speculation that North Korea was behind the assassination after the revelation that VX nerve agent was used to kill Kim.
The VX nerve agent, which is banned under international treaties, is a thick, oily poison that was almost certainly produced in sophisticate state weapons lab. It’s no coincidence that North Korea never signed that treaty since it was busy developing a complex chemical weapons program. There’s a likelihood that Kim Jong Nam may have been seen as a potential rival in the country’s dynastic dictatorship.
Though Malaysia has not yet directly accused the North Korean government of being behind the attack, officials have said that four North Korean men provided the two women with the poison, the four later fled the country after the assassination.
The police authorities confirmed on Saturday that a raid had been carried out on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur as part of the investigation.
The VX nerve agent is extremely poisonous and an amount no larger than a few grains of salt is enough to kill. It’s an odorless chemical that can be inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin. After which it can cause mild range of symptoms from headaches to blurred vision. If one is exposed enough, it can cause convulsions, paralysis, respiratory failure and death.