Vietnamese woman in NKorea murder case loses bid for release

  • News Digest
- AGENCIES, SHAH ALAM (Malaysia)

Mar 15, 2019-

A Vietnamese woman suspected of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother lost her bid for immediate release on Thursday as Malaysian authorities refused to drop a murder charge, days after her Indonesian co-accused was freed. Doan Thi Huong broke down in tears as a prosecutor announced the attorney-general had rejected a request to free her and her trial would continue. She has been on trial for a year and a half over the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport. On Monday a murder charge was unexpectedly withdrawn against the Indonesian woman accused alongside her, sparking calls from Vietnam for Huong to be freed and prompting her lawyers to apply for her release. The tearful Vietnamese defendant told reporters: “I am depressed. I am innocent... I want my family to pray for me.” Huong’s lawyer said he would make a second bid to get the charge against her dropped, and criticised the failure to free her following the release of the Indonesian, Siti Aisyah.

Published: 15-03-2019 11:49

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