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Malaysia PM says release of Indonesian in N. Korea case within rules

15 March, 2019, 15:40 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Vietnam requests Kim Jong-nam murder suspect release

Vietnam's Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh, who is also the foreign minister, spoke with Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah by telephone on Tuesday and discussed Doan Thi Huong's indictment in the alleged murder of Kim Chol among other bilateral issues. It said Minh requested the Malaysian court conduct a fair trial and free Doan Thi Huong. Kim Jong Nam's freakish murder with a deadly VX nerve agent occurred in February 2017, as he waited to board a flight at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The Straits Times reported that Malaysia made a decision to drop the murder charge against Ms Siti after taking into account the good relations between Malaysia and Indonesia, it was revealed yesterday.

They have said they thought they were taking part in a prank for a TV show.

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Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said the "prosecution will request the court to order a "discharge not amounting to acquittal".

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"We are grateful the public prosecutor has come to this conclusion, because we truly believe she is merely a scapegoat and she is innocent", he said.

Huong's lawyer, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, said after Monday's court session that Huong felt Aisyah's discharge was unfair to her because the judge previous year had found sufficient evidence to continue the murder trial against both of them. "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 had lived in exile in Macau for several years before the killing, having fled his homeland after his half-brother became North Korea's leader in 2011 following their father's death.

"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 had been living overseas for years but could have been seen as a threat to Kim Jong Un's rule. Although the two women were being tried together, the cases against them were separate, and the court had asked the Indonesian woman to present her defence first. He told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Tuesday.

"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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