Viet suspect in Jong Nam’s murder meets dad in prison

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KUALA LUMPUR: Doan Thi Huong, the suspect involved in the murder of Kim Jong Nam, met her father this morning for the first time after she was arrested for the crime.

Doan Van Thanh managed to see Thi Huong, currently holed up in the Kajang prison, for more than an hour.

“He was very happy,” Tran Huy Huang, Thi Huong’s cousin told reporters here today.

Tran also revealed that Van Thanh, who is a janitor, was advised to stay in the Vietnamese embassy here for “safety reasons”.

He also said Thi Huong’s family is adamant that she is innocent as she is a “nice young girl”.

“And they hope the people here in Malaysia know that,” he said, adding that the entire family back home were still in shock over what had happened.

Thi Huong, along with Indonesian Siti Aisyah, were charged on March 1 for the murder of Jong Nam — the half-brother to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — at the low-cost carrier airport, klia2.

Thi Huong was arrested on Feb 15 as she was attempting to catch a flight back to Vietnam, while Siti was detained the next day in a raid on a hotel in Ampang, where she was said to have been holed up following the killing.

Both women were positively identified based on CCTV footage from klia2 on the day of the attack.

Jong Nam, the eldest son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, arrived in Malaysia on Feb 6. He was at klia2 to catch a 10.30am flight to Macau on Feb 13 when he was attacked by Thi Huong and Siti.

The incident sparked a diplomatic row between Malaysia and Pyongyang, with both countries sending home their ambassadors.