Now, Vietnam wants Malaysia to free Kim Jong Nam murder suspect

Vietnam Asks Malaysia to Free Woman Accused of Poisoning Kim Jong Nam

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

In her defense, Siti said that some people - who she thinks were Korean or Japanese - paid $90 for a "prank" to be aired in a TV show. Surveillance footage shown during the trial shows two women accosting Kim in the departure area, allegedly smearing his face with a deadly nerve agent.

Meanwhile, lawyers for Huong have confirmed writing to the attorney-general (AG) to drop the charge against her. Intent to kill is crucial to a murder charge under Malaysian law. "I don't know the details of what happened but the prosecution can withdraw the charge".

Ms Aisyah's release raises questions about the fate of the remaining defendant, Ms Doan, also from a modest background in rural Vietnam.

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Kim Jong Nam murder: Mahathir denies knowledge of Indonesian govt lobbying in Siti Aisyah's release

The Indonesian Embassy had in a statement said that its President Joko Widodo had ordered efforts to secure her release immediately after she was arrested on Feb 15, 2017, two days after Kim was murdered at KLIA 2. "I didn't expect that today will be the day of my freedom", Aisyah said at a press conference, according to The Washington Post.

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. Authorities believe that Kim Jong Un had his half-brother assassinated as part of an effort to consolidate his power after he became the ruler of North Korea. Pyongyang has denied the accusation. "Both of them were charged on the same evidence, the defence was called on fairly the same grounds", said Mr Salim Bashir, one of her lawyers. They did not give any reason for the remarkable retreat in their case against her.

"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. 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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