Vietnam asks Malaysia to free girl accused of Kim Jong Nam's poisoning

Doan Thi Huong broke down in court after she lost a bid to be released from a charge of murdering Kim Jong Nam in 2017

Doan Thi Huong broke down in court after she lost a bid to be released from a charge of murdering Kim Jong Nam in 2017

A Vietnamese woman accused of the murder of the half-brother of North Korea's leader with nerve agent in an airport will stand trial, a court ruled today despite official pleas to drop her case.

Huong's lawyer, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, told the court that the decision was "perverse".

Doan and Siti Aisyah, as well as four others still at large, were accused of Jong-nam's murder at the departure hall of the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) on Feb 13, 2017. He said prosecutors were being unfair to Huong as her case was similar to Aisyah.

Vietnam's call followed Monday's release, at Indonesia's request, of an Indonesian woman who had been accused along with the Vietnamese, Doan Thi Huong. "Only God knows that we did not commit the murder", she said.

Teh explained that this was for Huong to receive medical treatment as she was distressed since Monday, and was only able to sleep one hour per day.

After the court hearing, Teh told reporters that the adjournment was also meant to allow time for the Vietnamese government to speak to the Malaysian government.

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Pyongyang, said to have viewed Kim as a political threat, has officially denied any involvement in his murder and four North Korean suspects remain at large. The global police organization Interpol has issued red notices asking governments around the world to send them back to face trial.

Lawyers for both women had asserted both made scapegoats in the assassination, alleging that North Korean agents had lured them into the plot to kill Kim by making them believe they were taking part in a prank for a reality show.

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.

George however also said that to avoid speculation, "it would be good if the Attorney General could give his reasons for dropping the charges". There was security camera video of Huong with Kim. "If you want to do something, you have to understand what is that exactly", she said. They did not disclose whether Huong's detention was discussed during Kim Jong Un's visit last month to Hanoi, where he met US President Donald Trump and Vietnamese leaders. He said Vietnam's justice minister had written to the Malaysian attorney-general seeking Huong's release and that Vietnam would keep lobbying Malaysia to free her.

He was once seen as a future leader of the isolated country, but when his father Kim Jong-il died, he was bypassed in favour of the younger Kim.

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