Malaysia frees Siti Aisyah charged with with killing Kim Jong-nam

Malaysia frees Siti Aisyah charged with with killing Kim Jong-nam

Malaysia frees Siti Aisyah charged with with killing Kim Jong-nam

An Indonesian national named Siti Aisyah who was charged with murdering Kim Jong-Nam, the brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, expressed her gratitude to President Joko Widodo or Jokowi upon her release from custody.

Aisyah had been accused along with Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, 30, of killing Kim Jong Nam at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13, 2017. The two suspects, Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong, were accused of smearing the deadly VX nerve agent on the 45-year-old's face, which later killed him.

Judge Azmi Ariffin of the High Court agreed with the prosecutors' request to drop the charge.

Four North Koreans have also been charged with Kim's killing.

Aisyah had been working as a masseuse in Kuala Lumpur, while Doan was an entertainer.

Aisyah and Huong have maintained since their arrests that they thought they were participating in a prank show and were going to apply lotion to a man's face.

It said Aisyah, a migrant worker, believed that she was part of a reality TV show and never had any intention of killing Kim Jong Nam.

She later left the court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur by auto for the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, where she attended a press conference with Indonesian Minister for Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly.

"I am very happy, I did not expect my release", said Siti, according to The Guardian. - An Indonesian woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother was to be freed March 11 after a prosecutor withdrew a murder charge against her, a judge said. No reason was given.

The trial will resume Thursday, with prosecutors expected to reply to a request by Huong's lawyers asking the government to similarly withdraw the charges against her. With a prompt from Indonesia's law and human rights minister, she thanked the president and other officials for helping secure her release. "Tears of joy", Gooi said.

The U.S. State Department determined previous year that the assassination was orchestrated by North Korea and carried out with chemical weapons in violation of worldwide law.

Kim Jong Nam was the eldest son of their late father Kim Jong Il, and therefore presented a potential threat to Kim Jong Un's legitimacy as ruler of North Korea. Pyongyang has denied the accusation. She was to have begun giving her defence in Monday's court session, after months of delay.

"Where is the principle of equality?" He said Huong was distressed and felt the ruling was unfair to her since the judge previously had found a murder case against them both should go forward.

The prosecution has now withdrawn its case against Siti Aisyah. "The prosecution never advanced a single ground for the withdrawal".

He later told Kyodo News that there were "representations" made on her behalf, and that "the decision was made based on the merits of those representations".

Indonesia's Foreign Ministry transported Aisyah's parents to the capital of Jakarta, where they are expected to meet their daughter when she arrives, her mother Benah told CNN.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi in a statement said Siti Aisyah's release was a "sweet" decision and good news for Indonesia after the woman's long ordeal.

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