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Lawyers: Decision not to free Viet accused is discrimination

16 March, 2019, 09:31 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Doan Van Thanh the father of Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong accused of killing Kim Jong Nam insists his daughter is innocent and hopes she will be home soon

"In the case of Doan, she is completely innocent and she is a scapegoat, same as Siti Aisyah".

After Thursday's hearing, Le Quy Quynh, the Vietnamese ambassador to Malaysia, briefly told reporters at the courthouse that he was "disappointed" with the decision.

Earlier, Hương's lawyer asked the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General of Malaysia to release her after the Indonesian suspect had been freed.

He said Hanoi would again request that Malaysian authorities treat Huong fairly and release her "as soon as possible".

Huong looked exhausted and was sobbing as she spoke to Vietnamese Embassy officials after Thursday's court hearing ended. It's very obvious, my lord, that there is discrimination.

Meanwhile, lawmaker Ramkarpal Singh from the Democratic Action Party (DAP), which is a member of Malaysia's ruling coalition, questioned the AG's move in the Doan case. The man was dead within 20 minutes, and the women - who said they thought they were taking part in a Japanese game show - were arrested and charged with murder.

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

Speaking outside court, Doan's counsel they would be making a second representation to Thomas to drop the charges, saying he had a "moral obligation" come to court to explain why they chose to continue prosecution of Doan but not Siti.

The trial began in October 2017 but there had been no hearings since August past year when the prosecution finished presenting its case.

Doan Thi Huong's family say she is a good girl who fell into the murder plot unwittingly
Kim Jong-Nam murder suspect loses bid for release

Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, was considered the heir apparent until 2001 when he became estranged from this family. "We will arrange a letter for her treatment".

The Indonesian embassy reportedly said that Siti Aisyah's release on Monday was the result of Jakarta's lobbying efforts.

The trial is now expected to begin on April 1.

Proceedings were scheduled to resume Monday with Huong testifying - but the unexpected release of Aisyah led to the trial being adjourned so the Vietnamese suspect could also seek her freedom.

"I had hoped for good news today, but unfortunately there is none".

He implored his 30-year-old daughter not to lose hope, optimistic she could still be freed.

Huong's stepmother, Nguyen Thi Vy, was in tears as she slammed the court's decision. They said they would make a second representation to the attorney general.

A murder conviction carries a mandatory penalty of death by hanging in Malaysia. The witnesses said traces of VX were found on both women's clothes as well as on Huong's fingernails.

Experts have said the case against Aisyah appeared weaker since there was no video evidence of her with Kim at the airport. There was security camera footage of Huong.

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