Monday, 25 March, 2019

Malaysia Continues Case Against Vietnamese Woman in Kim Killing

Kim Jong-nam murder trial: prosecutors reject request to free Doan Thi Huong Kim Jong-Nam murder suspect loses bid for release
Kenny Thornton | 16 March, 2019, 09:30

Huong's lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik told the court they were disappointed with the attorney general's decision and said prosecutors were being unfair to Huong.

The spokeswoman affirmed that soon after the incident occurred, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs directed related agencies to meet Huong and her family, as well as finding lawyers and witnesses as regulated by the host country's laws and worldwide practices.

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

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had defended the decision to release the Indonesian woman.

She has been on trial for a year and a half over the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport. He urged the attorney-general to be transparent and explain why he dropped the case against Aisyah but not Huong.

"It does not bring confidence to our criminal justice system", he added.

"[The] AG has not acted fairly".

The duo had been charged over the murder.

Doan, who looked pale and exhausted in the courtroom, broke down and cried following the ruling.

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Huong and Siti Aisyah were charged with killing Kim by smearing his face with VX poison at Kuala Lumpur airport in 2017.

Judge Azmi Ariffin adjourned court on "humanitarian grounds", saying Huong appeared "not well".

"I have no idea what is going on", Huong said in the courtroom Thursday.

Huong, if convicted could face the death penalty, sobbed in a court when the court announced that her trial would be expected to go longer.

The Associated Press reported this story. Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh made the request of his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah during their phone talks Wednesday, according to a Vietnamese news outlet.

"Vietnam has mentioned this case in all its exchanges with Malaysia and we have also requested that Malaysia conduct a fair trial", foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang told a news conference in Hanoi, the capital. They say they were tricked by North Korean spies into carrying out the Cold War-style killing using a highly toxic nerve agent, and believed it was a prank for a reality TV show. An Interpol red notice alert has been placed on the four men.

South Korea has accused the North of ordering the hit, which Pyongyang denies. They were then seen meeting a North Korean Embassy official and an Air Koryo official before flying out of the country.

On Aug 16, 2018, the court ordered Siti Aisyah and Doan to enter their defence on the charge. We ran the same defense that they have no knowledge, no intention to kill, a scapegoat. He said Huong only slept one hour each night since Aisyah's release.

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