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

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

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

The decision means that Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam will remain as the only suspect in the case still behind bars, CNN reported. 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.

Speaking through tears, Ms Huong told reporters in court: "I am depressed".

"We expect the government's assistance so that Huong can soon be home".

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.

The go-ahead was given by the Malaysian attorney general, the court was informed. Officials there did not respond promptly to requests from BenarNews to confirm the information as relayed by her defense team. "Our constitution has been violated".

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Huong was one of two women charged with the February 2017 murder of Kim Jong-nam, an offence punishable by hanging.

"The accused has not been feeling well". She left after about an hour.

"I am allowing this on humanitarian grounds", the judge said.

Huong looked exhausted and was sobbing as she spoke to Vietnamese Embassy officials after Thursday's court hearing ended. 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.

Vietnamese ambassador to Malaysia, Le Quy Quynh, told AFP at the court: "I'm very disappointed that the court did not free Doan".

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In Hanoi, Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs aired its displeasure with the Malaysian move. He insists his daughter was tricked into Kim's murder and believes she thought she was part of a prank for TV, as she has said in court. The global police organization Interpol has issued red notices asking governments around the world to send them back to face trial.

They remain at large despite an Interpol "red notice", equivalent to an global arrest warrant.

South Korea accuses Pyongyang of plotting the murder of Kim Jong Un's estranged relative, who was once seen as heir apparent to the North's leadership.

The Vietnamese side has also mentioned the case during meetings at all levels, even the most senior levels, with the Malaysian side, she added. We ran the same defense that they have no knowledge, no intention to kill, a scapegoat. "Siti Aisyah could be released, so why Doan (could not)". Ramkarpal said in a statement Thursday. She must be given the opportunity to be attended by a doctor. "If she is convicted, she will always wonder if Siti Aisyah was equally culpable", Ramkarpal said.

He said the AG's discretion ought to be open to question, particularly when a person's life was at stake.

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Huong could face a death sentence if she is found guilty of the charges. Intent to kill is crucial to a murder charge under Malaysian law.

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