Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese national who will turn 30 at the end of May, was released from Kajang prison near Kuala Lumpur on Friday morning, where she had been held since her arrest shortly after the assassination of Kim Jong Nam on February 13, 2017.
After numerous trials, Doan Thi Huong was released from a prison outside the Malaysian capital in Selangor state on Friday morning.
"I feel happy when returning to my country", said Huong, who said she was looking forward to heading to her family home, a small town in the province of Nam Dinh, 130 km (80 miles) from Hanoi.
Vietnam then stepped up pressure for Huong's murder charge to be dropped and at the start of April, prosecutors offered her the lesser charge, paving the way for her release. She was sentenced to 40 months in prison. Her co-defendant Siti Aisyah, an Indonesian national, was freed in March after charges against her were dropped.
Huong's lawyer, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, told reporters at the airport that "the case has come to a complete end" because prosecutors didn't file any appeal of the sentence given Huong. Doan Van Thanh, Huong's father, was the only family member to welcome her home at the airport.
She recalled her days in jail and said she planned to go to church now that she is free.
A Vietnamese woman who stood trial for the assassination of the North Korean leader's half-brother arrived home Friday, bringing down the curtain on a dramatic and often freakish 2-year murder mystery. 'In the event she is unable to talk to media I will read out a statement from her, ' he said.
"I don't know what I will do but I want to be on stage, like an actress - that's what I want". I am very happy and thank you all a lot.
The pair always denied having committed murder, arguing that they were pawns in a plan hatched by North Korean agents who fled Malaysia after the killing. The women said they were innocent dupes tricked into carrying out the assassination by North Korean agents who fooled them into thinking it was a harmless prank for a TV show. "I love you all", she scribbled in the letter, shown to reporters.
Later, after arriving in Hanoi, Huong said she was not sure what she wanted to do next, "but I think I want to become an actor".
The four North Koreans fled Malaysia the day Kim was killed.
A few steps away from a Starbucks cafe and a Puffy Buffy Malaysian food stall, a woman stood in front of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, to distract him.
Malaysia was criticised for charging the two women with murder - which carries a mandatory death penalty in the Southeast Asian nation - when the key perpetrators were still being sought.
That was enough to deliver deadly poison to the portly 46-year-old relative of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.