Vietnamese defendant in Kim murder rehearsed in Cambodia

Vietnamese defendant in Kim murder rehearsed in Cambodia
Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong
PHOTO: AFP/Reuters

The Vietnamese woman charged in connection with the Feb. 13 murder of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, visited Cambodia a month prior to the murder with two North Korean suspects in the case, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

The 28-year-old woman, Doan Thi Huong, and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, have been charged as the perpetrators of the murder. It has been revealed that Aisyah visited Cambodia in late January with another North Korean man to rehearse the deadly attack.

The latest revelation adds to evidence showing how carefully the group involved in the murder prepared for the crime.

According to a source close to the matter, Huong accompanied the two North Korean suspects, Ri Jae Nam, 56, and Ri Ji Hyon, 32. The three flew Vietnam Airlines from Hanoi to Phnom Penh on the afternoon of Jan. 13.

Interpol has issued an international "red notice" to locate and arrest the two North Korean suspects, who left Malaysia on the day of the murder.

Huong is believed to have stayed in Phnom Penh for a few days and to have done practice runs for the attack on Kim with the two North Korean suspects.

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