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FILE - This May 4, 2001, file photo shows Kim Jong Nam, exiled half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, in Narita, Japan. Kim Jong Nam, 46, was assassinated Monday, Feb. 14, 2017, in a shopping concourse at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, according to a Malaysian government official. (AP Photos/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

Police say the woman accused of killing Kim Jong Un's half-brother was tricked

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UPDATE 12:48 p.m. | An Indonesian woman arrested for her suspected involvement in the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother in Malaysia was tricked into thinking she was part of a comedy show prank, Indonesia's police chief told the Associated Press on Friday.

Indonesian national police chief Tito Karnavian said Siti Aisyah, 25, was paid to be involved in a prank for a popular TV show. Aisyah and another woman carried out stunts together before they got to Kim Jong Nam.

Such an action was done three or four times...
Tito Karnavian, police officer

"Such an action was done three or four times and they were given a few dollars for it, and with the last target, Kim Jong Nam, allegedly there were dangerous materials in the sprayer," Karnavian told the AP.


[Original story]

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's half brother Kim Jong Nam was found poisoned with needles Monday night. A woman in Malaysia was arrested Wednesday morning, CNN reports.

The woman, who was not publicly identified, was detained at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2. 

Two women were initially reported to have been involved in killing Kim. Yonhap News reported the women were "North Korean spies."

Kim was boarding a flight to Macau to visit his family, South Korean National Assembly Intelligence Committee Chairman Lee Cheol Woo said Wednesday.

He went to a customer service counter asking for help, saying he felt like "someone grabbed or held his face from behind." He died on the way to the hospital. 

Kim had a reputation for travelling on fake passports that may have led to a political fall from grace. He reportedly used a forged document to try to visit Tokyo Disneyland in 2001.

Police say the woman accused of killing Kim Jong Un's half-brother was tricked

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Kim Jong Nam never met Kim Jong Un, since it is customary in North Korea to raise potential successors separately. After he left North Korea, Kim Jong Nam spoke publicly against his father, Kim Jong Il. 

After his death, WikiLeaks revealed U.S. cables about Kim Jong Nam.

Yonhap News also reported the women involved may have died

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