Malaysia continues case against Vietnam woman in Kim killing

Doan Thi Huong 4

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Hương, 30, is charged with killing a North Korean national whose passport name was Kim Chol by smearing his face with an illegal chemical poison at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13, 2017.

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong broke down in tears as a prosecutor declared her trial in Malaysia would continue.

The other woman accused of the killing, Siti Aisyah, 27, an Indonesian, was unexpectedly released earlier this week following a plea from Jakarta.

The family of the Vietnamese suspect in the murder of Kim Jong Nam said on Thursday that the Attorney General's decision to not release Doan Thi Huong was an "injustice" and was "so unfair".

She could face death by hanging if found guilty of the assassination.

Minh said in the phone conversation that senior leaders and the people of Vietnam had paid close attention to the trial, the government statement said. He said Huong only slept an hour a night since Aisyah's release and was not in a position to testify.

"Like I said, it's his prerogative", George told Malay Mail in a joint interview with Sin Chew Daily here yesterday at the end of his two-year term as Malaysian Bar president. "We haven't received any information from Malaysia recently, and we are eager to hear from them now", Thanh told Reuters.

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Government lawyers announced the decision in court Thursday.

She has been on trial for a year and a half over the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport.

Both women maintain they were tricked into carrying out the attack, which they thought was part of a TV reality show.

South Korea has accused the North of ordering the hit, which Pyongyang denies. But now Malaysia's attorney general has ordered that her trial proceed.

According to a letter from Malaysia's Attorney-General Tommy Thomas to Indonesia Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly, the charges were dropped after "taking into account the good relations" between the two countries.

As of late Thursday night (local time), the Attorney-General's Chamber had not issued a statement about the decision in Doan's case.

Prosecutors said the women had been specially trained to murder the estranged relative of Kim Jong Un, once seen as heir apparent to the North's leadership, but their lawyers insist they were innocent pawns. There was security camera footage of Huong. His body was repatriated in exchange for nine Malaysian embassy officials and their families who were stuck in the North Korean capital for six weeks amid the wrangling.

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