Indonesia police chief: Woman tricked into N. Korean assassination

Violet Powell
February 18, 2017

The South Korean National Intelligence Service said recently that the North Korean leader had given a "standing order" for his half-brother's killing when he took power. They say the government kills its enemies and depends on criminal activity for survival. The police have also kept their silence. Pyongyang had earlier tried to stop Malaysia from conducting an autopsy.

The three suspects, two women and a man said to be Aiysah's Malaysian boyfriend, were arrested separately on Wednesday and Thursday. Malaysian media released the CCTV footage that reportedly shows the suspect at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 at the time of the alleged murder. The police investigated the scene of the crime on Friday with the two in tow. Her appearance matches the image of a woman captured in airport surveillance videos, said a statement from Khalid Abu Bakar, the inspector general of police.

The newspaper said the masterminds had been tracking their victim's movements for about a year to establish his travel patterns, which included flying between Macau, Singapore and Malaysia.

North Korean critics have described the government as a highly corrupt, family-led criminal operation.

Opinions are divided on who the attackers were and why they targeted Kim.

North Korean spies have a long history of assassinations and kidnappings in foreign countries. He said she and another woman performed stunts which involved convincing men to close their eyes and then spraying them with water.

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Some now speculate that the women were tricked.

Malaysian police on Saturday dismissed North Korea's allegation that the country was purposely delaying the release of Kim Jong-nam's - half-brother of Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong-un - remains.

The news media in Malaysia reported that police were looking for four male suspects, suggesting that the plot was more involved than initially indicated.

2010 - South Korean authorities arrested two North Korean operatives who it said were on a mission to assassinate Hwang Jang-yop, a defector and a former North Korean Workers' Party secretary.

The country's Health Minister Dr Subramaniam Sathasivam told New Straits Times reporters: "North Korea can reject or show disapproval, but we are doing things according to our law". "There is no reason for [North] Korea to kill him". We have rules in Malaysia.

Another possibility is that Malaysia wants to turn the focus away from its own security issues. Her passport bore the name Siti Aishah, and gave her date of birth as February 11, 1992, and place of birth as Serang, Indonesia. North Korea promotes itself as a tourist destination in Southeast Asia and India from an office in Kuala Lumpur.

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