Free murder accused, Vietnam urges Malaysia

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  • Thursday, 14 Mar 2019

HANOI: Vietnam has urged Malaysia to release the second woman accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader.

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh made the plea in a phone call on Tuesday with his counterpart, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, according to a statement on the ministry’s website.

It said Minh requested the Malaysian court conduct a fair trial and free Doan Thi Huong.

Malaysia on Monday dropped the murder charge against her co-defendant, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, who has returned to her home village.

Huong’s murder trial is to resume today, and prosecutors are expected to reply to a request by Huong’s lawyers for the government to withdraw the murder charge against her as well.

The two women were accused along with four missing North Koreans of killing Kim Jong-nam by VX nerve agent at a Malaysian airport in 2017.

Both women say they thought they were playing a prank for a TV show.

Prosecutors did not give any reason for the remarkable retreat in their case against Siti Aisyah, whose home government had lobbied hard for her release. — AP


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