Vietnam requests Kim Jong-nam murder suspect release | #112812

Frederick Owens
March 15, 2019

The pair have always maintained their innocence and said that they acted under the belief that they were participating in a joke for a television show when they sprayed the victim's face with a substance that they believed was harmless. "I don't know the details of what happened but the prosecution can withdraw the charge". Siti said she was happy to meet Jokowi.

Defence lawyers have said the women were pawns in an assassination orchestrated by North Korean agents.

GOOI SOON SENG: We still truly believe that she is merely a scapegoat and she's innocent, as we have already submitted much earlier.

While the court discharged Siti Aisyah from the case, it rejected her lawyer's request for a full acquittal, as it said that the trial had already established a prima facie case and she could be recalled if fresh evidence emerged.

The request from Hanoi came a day after the release of another woman, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, owing to the intervention of Jakarta. He had been living overseas for years but could have been seen as a threat to Kim Jong Un's rule.

Her lawyers have now asked that her case be adjourned and charges against her be dropped, too.

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Huong's lawyer, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, said after Monday's court session that Huong felt Aisyah's discharge was unfair to her because the judge previous year had found sufficient evidence to continue the murder trial against both of them.

Kim Jong Nam was the eldest son of their late father Kim Jong Il, and therefore presented a potential threat to Kim Jong Il's legitimacy as ruler of North Korea.

Yesterday, deputy public prosecutor Iskandar Ahmad did not provide a reason for the withdrawal of the charges against Siti Aisyah.

Home: Siti Aisyah laughs during a news conference at the airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, yesterday. She is due in court again on Thursday. "That was what happened", Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted Mahathir Mohamad as telling reporters in Kuala Lumpur.

Laoly had written to Malaysia's attorney-general, laying the blame on North Korea. The foreign ministry said in a statement that she was "deceived and did not realise at all that she was being manipulated by North Korean intelligence".

Aisyah's swift release had sparked anger in Malaysia, and accusations that the government had caved in to diplomatic pressure.

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