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Accused in Kim Jong-nam murder trial undergoes medical check

Accused in Kim Jong-nam murder trial undergoes medical check

A Vietnamese woman accused of the murder of the half-brother of North Korea's leader with nerve agent in an airport will stand trial, a court ruled today despite official pleas to drop her case. The other, Indonesian national Siti Aisyah, was freed Monday in a surprise ruling and returned to Indonesia hours later.

Earlier this week, authorities released her Indonesian co-defendant Siti Aisyah, but Huong hasn't been as lucky: She goes on trial April 1.

"She is a scapegoat, her case is completely the same as Siti Aisyah, no differences", he told reporters after the hearing.

The spokeswoman affirmed that soon after the incident occurred, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs directed related agencies to meet Huong and her family, as well as finding lawyers and witnesses as regulated by the host country's laws and worldwide practices.

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, center, is escorted by police as she leaves Shah Alam High Court in Malaysia on Thursday.

Judge Azmi Ariffin adjourned court on "humanitarian grounds", saying Huong appeared "not well".

Defence lawyers have maintained the women were pawns in an assassination orchestrated by North Korean agents.

Siti Aisyah smiles as she arrives from Malaysia at Halim Perdana Kusuma airport in Jakarta Indonesia
Siti Aisyah smiles as she arrives from Malaysia at Halim Perdana Kusuma airport in Jakarta Indonesia

Huong says she was tricked into taking part and believed she was part of a TV prank. He then ordered a doctor evaluate her. She said she was offered the job by a Malaysian man and ended up earning about $120, but declined to speak at length about the case.

She also shared that Vietnamese Ambassador to Malaysia Le Quy Quynh attended the March 14 trial to provide support for Huong if necessary, and visited her after the trial.

As of late Thursday night (local time), the Attorney-General's Chamber had not issued a statement about the decision in Doan's case. There was security camera footage of Huong.

"My message to the other woman workers, please don't easily trust the others".

Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh called his Malaysian counterpart on Tuesday urging Huong to be released as well, according to Vietnamese media.

"You can look at her, she was crying this morning, she was depressed, and she didn't sleep, perhaps did not eat well as well", he said.

He has had little news from his daughter since she was arrested in February 2017, just three brief calls from custody on a borrowed phone asking after the family's health. It was not until the following year that Kim Jong Un made a dramatic foray into diplomacy, holding his first historic summit with Trump in Singapore and also meeting the leaders of South Korea and China.

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