Vietnamese woman in Kim Jong Nam murder case arrives home

Sole Remaining Kim Jong Nam Assassination Suspect Freed

A Vietnamese woman who had been accused of assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother was freed from prison Friday, ending legal proceedings over the brazen killing after an often freakish two-year saga.

Maridam Yacfar told reporters at the prison Friday, May 3, 2019, that Doan Thi Huong looked "happy" but couldn't give further details.

Doan Thi Huong, 28, left the Malaysia jail Friday, her lawyer confirmed to TIME, and will be flown home in the evening.

Ms Huong was originally accused of murder but was later charged a lesser offence and in April she was convicted of causing harm with a risky weapon. She was sentenced to 40 months in prison, which was counted from February 15, 2017, the date of her arrest.

The court had on March 11 given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal to the other accused in the case, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, after the prosecution withdrew the charge against her.

Doan Thi Huong's release from a Malaysian prison caps the two-year case - which means it's likely no one will ever be convicted in the brazen, broad-daylight assassination of Kim Jong Nam.

"I still don't really know what to do next", said Huong.

Doan Thi Huong was released on Friday morning from the Kajang prison, after pleading guilty last month to a lesser charge of "causing injury" over the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong Nam, who died a painful death at Kuala Lumpur's global airport after being smeared with lethal VX agent.

Huong, 30, sought to be acquitted but prosecutors denied her request.

"I am so happy now, my whole village is happy now", Thanh told Reuters by telephone. Officials said Kim Jong-nam had been trying to take over the isolated nation. The women smeared the nerve agent on his face in a busy Kuala Lumpur airport terminal on February 13, 2017, and have said they thought they were taking part in a harmless prank for a TV show. "I cried all the time", she told reporters before being whisked away in a van.

She said the worst part of her experience in prison was the "loneliness and homesickness".

The two women were charged with colluding with the four North Koreans to murder Kim Jong Nam, leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, with VX nerve agent. She has returned to Indonesia.

Malaysian officials never officially accused North Korea and have made it clear they didn't want the case politicized.

Mr Kim Jong Nam, heir apparent to the North's leadership until he was exiled from his homeland, died in agony shortly afterwards, his face smeared with poison.

He was once seen as a future leader of the isolated country, but when his father Kim Jong-il died, was bypassed in favour of the younger Kim.

The murder had triggered a diplomatic row between Malaysia and North Korea.



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