NAM DINH – the father of a Vietnamese woman implicated in the suspected assassination of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Malaysia said she “could never kill a person”.
“My daughter is meek and I can’t believe she’d ever kill anybody. She must have been duped by somebody,” 64-year-old Doan Van Thanh said in an interview near his house in Nghia Hung, a district of Vietnam’s province of Nam Dinh.
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Mr Thanh said he recognised his 28-year-old daughter Doan Thi Huong from the name and photo released by Malaysian police, who are holding her and three other suspects, including a North Korean man, in connection with the death of Kim Jong-nam.
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She is said to have told Malaysian investigators that she was persuaded by a woman and four men to play a simple prank on Kim at the airport, without knowing who he was, and believing it was intended to be safe.
According to Mr Thanh, his daughter had recently been working in Hanoi, but he did not know exactly what she was doing. In January, she returned home for the Lunar New Year and appeared no different than usual.
He said Vietnamese authorities have contacted his family to offer assistance.
According to a woman living nearby, the suspect moved to Hanoi to continue her studies and did not return home much after that. “She was a very nice, the kind of person who couldn’t even kill a chicken,” she said.
-The Bangkok Post