Kim Jong-nam’s killers believed it was all for a “reality TV prank”

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New revealings in the assassination case of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, suggest that the two women involved in the lethal airport poisoning believed it was a harmless prank for a reality TV show.

One woman, traveling with a Vietnamese passport under the name of Doan Thi Huong from Nam Dinh, was told she will be paid $100 for a prank that involved spraying a person in the face with some sort of liquid, which, in fact, was either ricin, a lethal chemical found in the seeds of castor oil plants, or tetrodotoxin, a an extremely toxic substance that can be found in several fish species, including pufferfish.

The other woman, Indonesian citizen Siti Aishya, was approached in a nightclub in southern Malaysia under a similar pretense and promised to get $100 when she covered the person’s face with a handkerchief.

Both women, who agreed to what they believed would be part of some sort of candid camera gag, were then flown to Kuala Lumpur accompanied by four unknown men where the “prank” took place at the airport KLIA2. Afterwards, instructed to meet in hotel in downtown Kuala Lumpur, they took a taxi there, but couldn’t find the men. Both were later arrested.

While the story is not entirely verified, two facts may underpin its plausibility: That one woman wore this LOL jumper, since LOL is an acronym for “laugh(ing) out loud” or “lots of laughs,” and that immediately after the attack, the two women had no hurry to leave the airport but waited patiently for a taxi.

Meanwhile, Malaysian police said that it would reject handing over the body of Kim Jong-nam to North Korean authorities unless they get a DNA sample that enables them to match the profile of the dead person.

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New revealings in the assassination case of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, suggest that the two women involved in the lethal airport poisoning believed it was a harmless prank for a reality TV show. One woman, traveling with a Vietnamese passport under the name of Doan Thi Huong from Nam Dinh, was told she will be paid $100 for a prank that involved spraying a person in the face with some sort of liquid, which, in fact, was either ricin, a lethal chemical found in the seeds of castor oil plants, or tetrodotoxin, a an...

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New revealings in the assassination case of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, suggest that the two women involved in the lethal airport poisoning believed it was a harmless prank for a reality TV show.

One woman, traveling with a Vietnamese passport under the name of Doan Thi Huong from Nam Dinh, was told she will be paid $100 for a prank that involved spraying a person in the face with some sort of liquid, which, in fact, was either ricin, a lethal chemical found in the seeds of castor oil plants, or tetrodotoxin, a an extremely toxic substance that can be found in several fish species, including pufferfish.

The other woman, Indonesian citizen Siti Aishya, was approached in a nightclub in southern Malaysia under a similar pretense and promised to get $100 when she covered the person’s face with a handkerchief.

Both women, who agreed to what they believed would be part of some sort of candid camera gag, were then flown to Kuala Lumpur accompanied by four unknown men where the “prank” took place at the airport KLIA2. Afterwards, instructed to meet in hotel in downtown Kuala Lumpur, they took a taxi there, but couldn’t find the men. Both were later arrested.

While the story is not entirely verified, two facts may underpin its plausibility: That one woman wore this LOL jumper, since LOL is an acronym for “laugh(ing) out loud” or “lots of laughs,” and that immediately after the attack, the two women had no hurry to leave the airport but waited patiently for a taxi.

Meanwhile, Malaysian police said that it would reject handing over the body of Kim Jong-nam to North Korean authorities unless they get a DNA sample that enables them to match the profile of the dead person.

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