PM denies knowledge of Indonesian govt lobbying in Siti Aisyah's freedom

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  • Tuesday, 12 Mar 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has denied that any form of lobbying took place to secure Indonesian Siti Aisyah’s freedom.

“I have no information (regarding that),” he said, when quizzed by the media during a press conference in Parliament Tuesday (March 12).

According to Dr Mahathir, Siti Aisyah’s release was made in accordance with the law.

“This is a decision made by the court. She was given a trial and she was discharged. So it’s a process that follows the law. I don’t know the details. But, the prosecution can grant a discharge not amounting to an acquittal," he said

On Monday (March 11), the Shah Alam High Court granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal to Siti Aisyah.

She was arrested together with Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong and both were charged with the murder of  North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam or Kim Chol.

The two women had allegedly smeared VX nerve agent on Jong-nam’s face at KLIA2 on Feb 13, 2017.

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

Doan will enter her defence on the charge of murdering Jong-nam, 45, on Tuesday

The Indonesian Embassy had in a statement said that its President Joko Widodo had ordered efforts to secure her release immediately after she was arrested on Feb 15, 2017, two days after Kim was murdered at KLIA 2.

The Indonesian government also said its continual high-level lobbying resulted in the release of the Indonesian woman.

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