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Woman accused of killing Kim Jong Nam released

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/11/19, 12:47 pm

In a surprising move, Malaysian authorities on Monday released one of the two women accused of assassinating Kim Jong Un’s half-brother in 2017. Authorities accused Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who have spent two years in prison, of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam’s face at the Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia on Feb. 13, 2017. Both women insisted they thought they were taking part in a prank for a television show.

Prosecutors did not explain Aisyah’s sudden release during her trial or why they dropped the charges against her, but Indonesian authorities had lobbied for her freedom. Aisyah cried and hugged Huong in the courtroom before departing for Indonesia. “I feel happy, very happy that I cannot express in words,” she said upon her arrival at the airport in Jakarta, Indonesia. “After this, I just want to gather with my family.”

The trial against Huong is set to resume Thursday, and prosecutors will likely reply to a similar request to withdraw the charges against her.


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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 03/11/2019 10:39 pm

    Why am I suspicious that this poor lady’s lifespan can now be measured in days, if not hours?

     

  • RC
    Posted: Tue, 03/12/2019 09:58 am

    I don’t think so. Kim Jong Nam was an embarrassment to the North Korean leadership and having him out of the way is good for them.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 03/12/2019 06:11 pm

    Yeah LOL. But I’m not thinking the 2 ladies who perpetrated the deed are in danger because they killed Kim Jong Nam.  Rather, they are in danger because of the possibility they can ID the persons who recruited/instructed them. 

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