Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Malaysia releases Indonesian suspected of killing Kim Jong Nam

Malaysia releases Indonesian suspected of killing Kim Jong Nam

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Binh asked Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah to "ensure a fair trial and free Vietnamese citizen" Doan Thi Huong.

The two women had allegedly smeared VX nerve agent on Jong-nam's face at KLIA2 on Feb 13, 2017.

A smiling Siti Aisyah (27), who had been facing the possibility of a death sentence in Malaysia in the morning, was by evening rushed by officials through Jakarta's main airport to her emotional parents.

Ms Siti, who had worked as a masseuse in the Malaysian capital, and Huong, who described herself as an actress, had maintained that they believed they had been hired to participate in a reality TV prank show.

Watch CCTV camera footage of the attack.

Huong's lawyers have also asked the attorney-general to withdraw her murder charge, and prosecutors may on Thursday inform the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur, whether the application has been successful.

Four North Koreans, believed to be the plot's masterminds, fled Malaysia after the murder and remain at large.

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Gooi Soon Seng, Siti Aisyah's lawyer, said his client was "a scapegoat". "I didn't expect that today will be the day of my freedom", Aisyah said at a press conference, according to The Washington Post.

Kim Jong Nam was the eldest son of their late father Kim Jong Il, and therefore presented a potential threat to Kim Jong Il's legitimacy as ruler of North Korea.

Kim Jong-Nam died on the way to the hospital less than half an hour after receiving the poison that was identified as the VX nerve agent, a colourless and odourless oily liquid classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction. Pyongyang denies the accusation. "Both of them were charged on the same evidence, the defence was called on fairly the same grounds", said Salim Bashir, one of Huong's lawyers. "We are making representation to the attorney general for Doan to be taken equally.there must be justice". They did not give any reason for the remarkable retreat in their case against her.

He said the prosecution had the prerogative to withdraw a case.

But Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters in parliament that the decision was in line with "the rule of law".

"Miss Aisyah was deceived and had no awareness whatsoever that she was being used as an intelligence tool of North Korea", he wrote.

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