Doan under stress after Siti Aisyah's release

  • Nation
  • Friday, 15 Mar 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong was taken to a psychiatric ward at the Hospital Kuala Lumpur for a health check-up after she felt stressed following the release of Indonesian Siti Aisyah.

The 30-year-old arrived at the hospital in a prison van with tight police security at 9.15am on Friday (March 15).

When contacted, lawyer Salim Bashir, who represents Doan, said she was taken to the hospital for observation.

“She spent about three hours at the hospital and was taken back to prison,” he said.

On Thursday (March 14), the Shah Alam High Court adjourned the defence trial in the murder of North Korean Kim Chol, or Kim Jong-nam, to April 1 after the defence said Doan was not fit to take the stand.

Lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik informed the court that Doan was under stress and could only sleep an hour at night after the release of Siti Aisyah.

The Indonesian was granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal on Monday (March 11) after the prosecution was instructed to withdraw the case against her.

Justice Azmi Ariffin said the accused must be allowed an opportunity to see a doctor and adjourned the proceedings.

Doan was charged with four others still at large over the murder of Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at the KLIA2 departure hall at 9am on Feb 13, 2017.

The charge, under Section 302 of the Penal Code, provides for the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

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