New documentary set to air on Friday (Jan 29) about 'Assassins' of Kim Jong-nam

PETALING JAYA: Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong probably had no idea that their lives would be turned completely upside down when they smeared liquid on the face of Kim Jong-nam in February 2017.

The liquid – the deadly nerve agent VX – eventually caused the death of the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

The names of Siti Aisyah from Indonesia and Doan from Vietnam were captured in headlines as videos of the incident at the departure hall of the KL International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) were beamed worldwide.

Now, about four years after the incident, a documentary on the two women called “Assassins” will be available on demand on various digital platforms beginning Friday (Jan 29).

Assassins travels from the sanctums of Pyongyang to the rice fields of Indonesia and Vietnam to the courtrooms of Kuala Lumpur to tell an extraordinary tale of manipulation and subterfuge in the age of social media.

“A masterful investigation that offers an unprecedented look at the real story of Kim Jong-nam’s murder, Assassins is the wildly improbable tale of a calculating dictator, a nefarious plot, a very public murder, and two women fighting for their lives, ” reads the documentary’s synopsis.

In 2018, both women were charged with four others at large with the murder of Jong-nam.

However, in April 2019, the High Court sentenced Doan to three years and four months’ jail after she pleaded guilty to a new charge under Section 324 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means while the charges against Siti Aisyah had been dropped in March 2019.

The women had always insisted they were tricked into carrying out the hit by North Korean agents, who told them it was a prank for a reality TV show.

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