Vietnam urges Malaysia to release female suspect in DPRK man's murder case

Vietnam urges Malaysia to release female suspect in DPRK man's murder case

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Binh asked Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah to "ensure a fair trial and free Vietnamese citizen" Doan Thi Huong. Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong say they were set up and thought they were performing a prank for a reality TV show.

Malaysia on Monday dropped the murder charge against her co-defendant, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, who has returned to her home village.

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The court will resume proceedings on Huong's case on Thursday, pending a reply from Mr Thomas to a request that charges against her be withdrawn. Four North Korean men Malaysian police had identified as suspects fled the country just hours after Kim's assassination.

The court rejected her lawyer's request for a full acquittal, as it said the trial had already established a prima facie case and she could be recalled if fresh evidence emerged.

"I am sure they decided that it was an easy thing to release her and score a few points with Indonesia".

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When asked what was the first thing she wanted to do, she said: "I want to see my family".

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.

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. Pyongyang has denied the accusation.

Prosecutor Muhammad Iskandar Ahmad said the decision to withdraw the charge against her was made based on "several representations", without elaborating.

"Until today, we do not know what were the exceptional circumstances that were needed for the attorney-general to review the charge against Siti Aisyah". He told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Tuesday. 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".

Laoly said Siti Aisyah's release, after over two years in prison, was the result of high-level diplomacy by his government, including meetings with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the attorney-general.

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