Vietnam asks Malaysia to free girl accused of Kim Jong Nam's poisoning

Vietnam asks Malaysia to free girl accused of Kim Jong Nam's poisoning

He said prosecutors were being unfair to Huong as her case was similar to Aisyah.

Malaysia's attorney general on Thursday rejected an appeal to drop murder charges against a Vietnamese woman standing trial for the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's estranged half-brother.

Siti was suddenly released Monday without an acquittal after the prosecution asked for her charges to be dropped without giving an explanation. I don't know. I'm also speculating here.

"I don't understand why the other girl was released, but not my daughter", Vy told Reuters after the decision.

The Malaysian court had dropped the charge against Siti Aisyah and freed her on Monday.

Siti and her alleged accomplice, Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam, had been accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong-nam's face in Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017.

"After the Indonesian suspect was freed, Nam Dinh Police came to us saying that we should rest assured over her case".

South Korea has accused the North of ordering the hit, which Pyongyang denies.

Doan Thi Huong's family say she is a good girl who fell into the murder plot unwittingly

After the ruling was announced, Huong wept and pressed Vietnamese ambassador to Malaysia Lê Quý Quỳnh's hands to her forehead.

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh urged his Malaysian counterpart Tuesday to "ensure fair judgement for Huong & to set her free", according to an image tweeted by his ministry. They said they would make a second representation to the attorney general. The murder trial of the other woman - Doan Thi Huong, 30, of Vietnam - was put on hold.

Ms Huong says she was tricked into taking part and believed she was part of a TV prank.

The judge agreed to postpone the trial until April 1 but warned there should be no more delay. Conviction could carry the death penalty.

But his remarks did nothing to explain the abrupt turnaround in the stance of Malaysia's law enforcement authorities, which had said circumstances surrounding Kim's murder pointed to the two women being trained assassins. There was security camera video of Huong with Kim.

During his meeting with Mahathir, Moon appreciated Kuala Lumpur's support for the peace process on the Korean Peninsula. Defense lawyers have said the women were hired to play pranks on strangers and had done several such pranks before the attack on Kim.

Airport security footage played during the women's trial showed all four of the men at the airport during the attack, discarding their belongings and changing their outfits later. The North Koreans then promptly left the country. The global police organization Interpol has issued red notices asking governments around the world to send them back to face trial.

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