KUALA LUMPUR: “I am very happy, I did not expect that I would be released today,” said a visibly moved Siti Aisyah, who was granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal in the murder case of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam or Kim Chol.
At a press conference at the Indonesian Embassy here, Siti Aisyah, 27, in a happy tone thanked the Malaysian and Indonesian governments.
Also present was Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Rusdi Kirana.
“Thanks to the President of Indonesia Jokowi (Joko Widodo), ministers, embassy officials and the government of Malaysia for releasing me,” she said in a Bernama report.
Asked what was the first thing she wanted to do after her release, Siti Aisyah replied she wanted to see her family, adding that she was in good health and had been treated well in prison for over a year now.
The same report also quoted Indonesia’s Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna H. Laoly as saying that Siti Aisyah would return to Indonesia the same day.
In a statement, the embassy said since Siti Aisyah’s arrest, President Jokowi had asked for a coordination between relevant authorities, including its foreign minister, police chief, attorney general and the head of intelligence, to release her.
“In line with the president’s orders, this issue was always raised at the Indonesia-Malaysia bilateral meetings at all levels from the presidential level to the foreign minister’s and even the ministerial levels.
“This issue was also discussed with the Malaysian prime minister on June 29, 2018, in Bogor,” it said in a statement yesterday.
It said the efforts to release Siti Aisyah was reportedly made in a series of meetings, including between Jokowi and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the Bogor Palace last year.
Earlier, 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.
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.