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Woman held for murder of Kim's brother goes free as charges dropped

Woman held for murder of Kim's brother goes free as charges dropped

Huong and Siti have consistently denied the murder charge and have said they were tricked into carrying out the killing using a toxic nerve agent for what they thought was a prank for a TV programme.

"This is the third letter but the first to Thomas to withdraw the charge against Huong on the principle of fairness", Salim told FMT. "I don't have the words to say how happy I feel".

Once the court released her, Siti Aisyah, wearing a black traditional Malay dress and headscarf, was rushed to the Indonesian embassy, where she spoke briefly with journalists.

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

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who is on trial for the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, arrives at the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 11, 2019.

The request from Hanoi came a day after the release of another woman, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, owing to the intervention of Jakarta. Authorities believe that Kim Jong Un had his half-brother assassinated as part of an effort to consolidate his power after he became the ruler of North Korea. They did not give any reason for the remarkable retreat in their case against her.

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Prosecutor Muhammad Iskandar Ahmad said the decision to withdraw the charge against her was made based on "several representations", without elaborating. "We are making representation to the attorney general for Doan to be taken equally.there must be justice".

Siti Aisyah flew back to Jakarta on Monday, accompanied by Indonesian Law Minister Yasonna H. Laoly.

Siti Aisyah's trial was suspended in December as her lawyers argued with prosecutors over access to statements made by seven witnesses.

"I have no information (regarding that)", he said, in response to questions at a press conference in Parliament, reported The Star. The attorney-general agreed to the request last week.

Mahathir said that he was "unaware of any negotiations" between Indonesia and Malaysia on the issue, rejecting allegations that the two countries have been bargaining for the Siti's release. The foreign ministry said in a statement that she was "deceived and did not realise at all that she was being manipulated by North Korean intelligence".


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