Woman charged with Kim Jong Nam’s killing freed in shock ruling

Woman charged with Kim Jong Nam’s killing freed in shock ruling

Woman charged with Kim Jong Nam’s killing freed in shock ruling

It said Aisyah, a migrant worker, believed that she was part of a reality TV show and never had any intention of killing Kim.

"I did not expect that today I would be released", Siti Aisyah said, adding that she was healthy and had been treated well in prison.

"I feel happy. I did not know this will happen".

Following the dramatic decision to release Siti Aisyah, a defense lawyer asked for an adjournment in the case against Huong in order to submit a request that charges be dropped against her too.

"After studying the case thoroughly, we sent letters to the Attorney-General of Malaysia and met with him and Prime Minister Mahathir last August", Laoly told reporters with Siti Aisyah shortly after landing in Jakarta. "We are pleased with the court decision".

Indonesian Siti Aisyah flew to Jakarta on a special aircraft arranged by the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

The judge agreed to a discharge not amounting to an acquittal, and ordered Aisyah's immediate release.

Her lawyer, Gooi Soon Seng, said that her client would soon be returning to her native Indonesia.

Siti Aisyah smiles while leaving the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 11, 2019 after her trial for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Indonesia's Siti Aisyah was accused in the killing, which involved the smearing of VX nerve agent on the face of the North Korean leader's half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, while he was walking in an airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur on February 13, 2017. VX is considered a weapon of mass destruction used for chemical warfare.

Kim Jong-nam Murder Suspect Siti Aisyah Freed After Charges Against Her Suddenly Dropped- WORLD OF BUZZ 1
Source The Guardian

Aisyah had been working as a masseuse in Kuala Lumpur, while Doan described herself as an entertainer.

The lawyers say the women were victims of a complex plot by a group of DPRK agents.

Indonesia often makes concerted diplomatic efforts to free its citizens detained overseas, particularly those who may face the death penalty.

Prosecutors had previously argued that the duo were trained assassins who were aware of the toxicity of the substance they were handling, pointing to how both suspects headed to separate bathrooms immediately after the attack.

The trial, which began in October 2017, had been due to resume Monday with the defence stage of proceedings after a break of several months.

North Korea has consistently denied involvement in the killing, though United States, South Korean and Malaysian authorities have said it was in fact responsible for Kim's death. "Huong had no. intention to commit murder". She later tearfully told reporters that she was "shocked" to have been freed after more than two years behind bars.

Hundreds of local media personnel had been awaiting her arrival from 3 pm, the decision by Justice Datuk Azmi Ariffin on the case was being widely broadcast.

"I had already surrendered myself to God", she told Indonesia's Kompas TV in an interview from the Malaysian capital.

The trial against Huong, however, will continue on Thursday. They had been the only suspects in custody after four North Korean suspects fled the country the morning Kim was killed.

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