Kim Jong-nam murder suspect held

Lester Mason
March 16, 2019

She and Huong had been accused of poisoning Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with liquid VX at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017.

The court is scheduled to resume proceedings on Thursday.

According to BBC news reports, Vietnam has been pushing for Huong's release, and the Vietnamese decision has come days after Siti Aisyah, Indonesian co-defendant was unexpectedly freed.

After the trial was postponed, Hương met with Vietnamese Ambassador to Malaysia Lê Quý Quỳnh.

In a separate statement on Wednesday, the government said Justice Minister Le Thanh Long had sent a letter to Malaysia's attorney-general, Tommy Thomas, asking Malaysia to free Huong.

But her life took a turn when she moved to Malaysia, where like so many migrant workers she sought a brighter future than the one on offer in her poor rice farming village.

MR HISYAM TEH POH TEIK, Doan Thi Huong's lead counsel.

Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung "expressed disappointment about Malaysian prosecutors' decision to reject #Vietnam's request to free #DoanThiHuong" during a meeting in the Vietnamese capital on Thursday with Malaysia's ambassador, Zamruni Khalid, the ministry said via Twitter.

This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Shuji Kajiyama in Tokyo. The women claimed they had no idea they had been groomed by North Korean agents to carry out the murder and thought they were taking part in a prank TV show.

Their lawyers presented them as scapegoats and said the real killers were four North Koreans, who were suspected of being the masterminds behind the plot but fled Malaysia shortly after the assassination.

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who was a suspect in the murder case of North Korean leader's half brother Kim Jong Nam, leaves the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 14, 2019. They also said that government lawyers failed to prove that the women had aimed to kill Kim.

Malaysian prosecutors withdrew murder charges against her over the death of the victim. Teh said Huong was unwell and needed medical treatment. In one, a woman identified as Huong puts her hands on Mr Kim's face, while a blurry image shows someone identified as Ms Siti hurrying away. He added she was not in a position to answer questions from both sides.

Vietnam said it was disappointed in the outcome of Thursday's hearing. The defense phase of the trial was to have begun Monday.

She was crushed when she did not get the good news she was hoping for.

Prosecutors say she smeared the poison on the 45-year-old.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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