On Friday, the Malaysian police arrested an Indonesian woman for suspected involvement in the death of Kim Jung Nam, the half-brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jung Un.
In yet another twist, the Indonesian woman named Siti Aisyah, 25, have told police she was duped into thinking she was part of a comedy show prank.
Karnavian told reporters in Indonesia’s Aceh province that Siti Aisyah, 25, was paid to be involved in Just For Laughs:Gags style pranks, a reference to a popular Canadian hidden-camera show.
The Indonesian police chief, Tito Karnavian, said he was citing information received from Malaysian authorities.
Details of the reported assassination of the North Korean at the Malaysian budget airport terminal KLIA2 are still sketchy with information released little by little.
Malaysian police have arrested three people in the investigation but have released few details.
He said she and another woman performed stunts which involved convincing men to close their eyes and then spraying them with water.
“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 said.
“She was not aware that it was an assassination attempt by alleged foreign agents,” cbc news from Canada reported.
The channel said Karnavian’s comments come after a male relative of Aisyah said in an Indonesian television interview that she had been hired to perform in a short comedy movie and travelled to China as part of this work.
Indonesian Immigration has said Aisyah travelled to Malaysia and other countries it did not specify.
The Indonesian women told authorities in Malaysia she came to Malaysia to find work.
In Indonesia, Aisyah’s family and former neighbours said they were stunned by her arrest, describing her as a polite and quiet young mother.