With the Indonesian police now saying the arrested Indonesian woman Siti Aisyah is not a North Korean agent and that she was made to believe her actions were part of a Television prank.
With Indonesia sticking its gun on these elements, will Malaysia play hard ball in the upcoming case that will decide whether the two women, Siti Aisyah 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28 from Vietnam, will be sent to the gallows for their actions?
What really happened since the early days of February and how did this international focus on Malaysia in particular end so abruptly – with the Malaysian Police Chief losing his grip on the situation?
However sensational the events, leading to the return of the body of North Korean Kim Jong-nam to Pyongyang, the mysteries surrounding the death of the brother of one of the world’s most feared ruler will remain buried.
But one thing is certain, the two women arrested in the aftermath of the brazen attack at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 or KLIA2, are now the unfortunate victims of an elaborate scandal.
A local lawyer told The Independent the two women, Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong, from Vietnam, will be the sacrificial lambs in the case to be opened soon.
They have been charged with Kim Jong Nam’s murder after CCTV footage allegedly shows them wiping his face with what may have been a toxin-soaked cloth.
They denied they had knowledge their actions would lead to the death of the suspect, AND both women maintain they thought they were part of a TV prank show.
Aisyah thought the substance she rubbed on Kim’s face was “a kind of oil, baby oil, something like that,” said an Indonesian Embassy official in Kuala Lumpur.
With the evidence against them, they are bound to be found guilty, but the verdict may not be well received in Indonesia and Vietnam.
The Indonesian Police have expressed their commitment to defending Siti Aisyah.
Under Indonesian laws, every Indonesian citizen who commits a crime abroad will be defended by the government,” Police International Relations Division director Insp. Gen. HS Maltha at the Police Headquarters said on Thursday, March 30, 2017 to the media.
Police will, among others, work closely with the Foreign Ministry to coordinate with Indonesian envoys in Malaysia, Martha said.
Indonesia has despatched officers from its capacity building office at the International Mission Bureau for Police International Relations Division, and also officers from the Police International Crime Division.
They launched their own investigation in the alleged crime, investigation that will have a bearing on the legal assistance for Siti Aisyah.
ndonesia vows it will provide full legal assistance to Aisyah but will not enter the area and disturb the legal [process] of the country (Malaysia).
Based on the investigation, Police believe that Aisyah is not a North Korean agent.
She still believes that it’s just a prank, just for laugh,” Maltha said to the media.