Siti Aisyah freed after prosecution withdraws case

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  • Tuesday, 12 Mar 2019

SHAH ALAM: Indonesian Siti Aisyah, accused of assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Chol or Kim Jong-nam, has been discharged.

High Court judge Justice Azmi Ariffin gave a discharge not amounting to an acquittal yesterday morning after the prosecution withdrew the charge against Siti Aisyah without furnishing any reason.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad merely withdrew the charge against Siti Aisyah, 26, in accordance with Sec­tion 254(1) of the Criminal Proce­dure Code (CPC).

The section, among others, states that the prosecution can, at any stage of the trial, discontinue the prosecution of the accused.

Gooi Soon Seng, counsel for Siti Aisyah, then applied to the court to acquit and discharge his client under Section 254(3) of the CPC.

On Aug 16, 2018, the court ordered Siti Aisyah and a 29-year-old Vietnamese woman, Doan Thi Huong, to enter their defence on the charge of murdering Jong-nam, 45.

They were charged with four others still at large with the murder of Jong-nam at the departure hall of KLIA2 at 9am on Feb 13, 2017.

The charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Doan will enter her defence on the charge today. — Bernama

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