Vietnamese in Jong-nam murder case released, to fly home May 3


KUALA LUMPUR: Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who escaped the gallows after she pleaded guilty to an alternative charge in the murder case of North Korean Kim Jong-nam, has been released from prison on Friday morning (May 3).

Court translator Maridam Yacfar confirmed that Doan was released at around 7.15 am.

Immigration Department official vehicles were seen leaving the prison compound around that time.

Doan, who was sentenced to three years and four months' jail by the Shah Alam High Court, was entitled to a one-third remission on the prison sentence, which was ordered to run from the date of her arrest.

She is expected to board a flight to return to Hanoi later the same day.

Doan was sentenced after pleading guilty to a new charge under Section 324 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means.

According to the alternative charge, Doan and four individuals still at large, caused hurt to Kim Chol, an alias used by Jong-nam when he travelled, by using a dangerous substance known as VX nerve agent.

The offence was committed at the departure hall of KLIA2 at 9am on Feb 13, 2017.

Doan was previously charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code and faced the mandatory death penalty if found guilty.

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