Embassy: Indonesian govt's effort led to Siti Aisyah’s release

  • Nation
  • Monday, 11 Mar 2019

PETALING JAYA: The release of an Indonesian woman who was detained on suspicion of murdering Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was the result of Jakarta's effort, says the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

In a statement, the embassy said since Siti Aisyah's arrest, its President Joko Widodo, had asked for coordination between relevant authorities, including its Foreign Minister, police chief, Attorney General and the head of intelligence to secure her release.

"In line with the president's orders, this issue was always raised during the Indonesia-Malaysia bilateral meetings at all levels from the presidential to the foreign ministers, and even at ministerial levels.

"This issue was also discussed with the Malaysian prime minister on June 29, 2018 in Bogor," it said in a statement on Monday (March 11).

The embassy also said the final process to release Siti Aisyah was done through the mutual legal assistance in accordance with bilateral cooperation in the law enforcement area.

"Since the beginning of his administration, President Jokowi has been committed to ensuring that the country protects and assist all its citizens who face problems abroad," it said.

Earlier, Siti Aisyah was discharged without an acquittal after prosecutors said they wanted to withdraw the charge without giving a reason.

Siti Aisyah was arrested together with Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong.

The two women had allegedly smeared VX nerve agent on Jong-nam 's face at a Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb 13, 2017.

They had claimed that they thought they were taking part in a prank for a television show.

Lawyers for both women have said they were pawns in a political assassination and that the prosecution had failed to show the women had any intention to kill.

Under current laws, the women will be sentenced to death by hanging, if they were convicted of murdering Jong-nam.

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