Woman Accused Of Murdering Half Brother Of North Korea's Leader Is Freed

Malaysia releases Indonesian suspected of killing Kim Jong Nam

Malaysia releases Indonesian suspected of killing Kim Jong Nam

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

The testimony of Huong - who, if found guilty, could receive the death penalty - was scheduled for Monday, but after her co-defendant's release, it was postponed until Thursday as her lawyers also requested the withdrawal of charges.

They had claimed that they thought they were taking part in a prank for a television show.

Siti and Huong were arrested after security cameras in the airport showed the two women smearing the toxic agent on Kim's face. Four North Korean men Malaysian police had identified as suspects fled the country just hours after Kim's assassination.

"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 believe that my daughter will be released too because she is innocent".

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 past year had found sufficient evidence to continue the murder trial against both of them.

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North Korea has denied any involvement in the plot and argued that the death of North Korean citizen Kim Chol - as Kim Jong-Nam's name appears in the passport he used - was due to a heart attack.

Some South Korean lawmakers said the North Korean regime had ordered the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, who had been critical of his family's dynastic rule.

"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".

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has denied that any form of lobbying took place to secure Indonesian Siti Aisyah's freedom.

SULLIVAN: "I feel very, very happy", she said, amid the glare of TV lights and shouted questions from reporters.

The Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), an opposition party, said withdrawing the murder charge against Aisyah was "a fiasco". 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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