Vietnamese murder suspect is keen singer

Doan Thi Huong's (left) Facebook pages feature pouting portraits and pictures of parties. Most photographs, in two accounts believed to be hers, are of her attending parties, in hotel rooms or portraits. In many, she blew kisses to the camera.
Doan Thi Huong's (above) Facebook pages feature pouting portraits and pictures of parties. Most photographs, in two accounts believed to be hers, are of her attending parties, in hotel rooms or portraits. In many, she blew kisses to the camera.PHOTO: RUBY RUBY/FACEBOOK

KUALA LUMPUR • The Vietnamese woman, suspected of helping to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother, is a keen singer whose Facebook pages feature pouting portraits and pictures of parties.

Four days before Mr Kim Jong Nam was killed at a Malaysian airport this month, she appears to have posted a picture of herself wearing a shirt emblazoned with the acronym "LOL", similar to the one on the fleeing suspect caught on CCTV cameras.

Doan Thi Huong worked at an entertainment outlet, according to Malaysian police, who have arrested her over the murder of Mr Kim.

On a rice farm in northern Vietnam, the family whose daughter's details match those from Malaysian police said they rarely knew where she was since she left home a decade ago at 18.

The last post on a Facebook page in the name of "Ruby Ruby", which family members confirmed to be one of her accounts, is dated Feb 11 from Kampong Besut, Malaysia.

 

"I want to sleep more but by your side," the post reads above a picture of her, eyes closed and wrapped up in bed.

Among the links on another Facebook account, which the family also said featured pictures of Huong, was one to the page of the Vietnam Idol talent show. This account was in the name of "Bella Tron Tron Bella" - Chubby Bella.

A woman, who gave her name as Dinh Thi Khuyen and bore a close resemblance to Huong, sang as contestant number 67816 on June 3 last year. She left the show in the first round."Can I sing you a song tonight?" she wrote in a Facebook post on March 24 last year. "Reply the fastest and put your phone number in the comment. I will call and sing for you."

Of 65 friends on the "Ruby Ruby" Facebook page, 27 have Korean names and 56 are men. One status update was posted in the Korean language on March 23 last year, saying "I love you, I miss you".

Most photographs in the accounts are of Huong attending parties, in hotel rooms or portraits. In many, she blew kisses to the camera.

Cosmetics, clothing and fast food shops were among her likes on Facebook. Her place of education was given as Harvard but her family did not believe that was true.

Huong also appears to feature in another online video. Posted last April, it is on the channel of a Vietnamese YouTuber who gets women to kiss him in the street.

The woman in that video matches the one in the latest police photo from Malaysia. In the video, she is seen giggling before a kiss with the man on a park bench.

Separately, South Korea is using giant loudspeakers to blast news of Mr Kim's death across the border with its reclusive northern neighbour, where news of the outside world is heavily restricted.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

 

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 24, 2017, with the headline 'Vietnamese murder suspect is keen singer'. Print Edition | Subscribe