Vietnam 'regrets' murder suspect not freed in Malaysia


The authorities of Malaysia has on Thursday dismissed a plea to drop the murder case of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's half-brother Kim Jong-Nam against the Vietnamese woman, Doan Thi Huong, accused of murdering Nam.

Lawyers for the women argued that they were pawns in a political assassination with clear links to the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, and that the prosecution failed to show the women had any intention to kill.

Siti Aisyah was freed from custody without acquittal and allowed to return home Monday, a day before Moon arrived in Kuala Lumpur for a three-day state visit.

The Thursday ruling to go forward with the murder trial for Doan Thi Huong, 30, follows Malaysian Siti Aisyah, 26, her co-accused in the murder, gaining her freedom earlier in the week.

"We want Doan Thi Huong to be tried fairly and objectively and for her to be freed", she added.

"God knows me and Siti Aisyah didn't do anything", Huong said, according to her interpreter.

After the court hearing, Teh told reporters that the adjournment was also meant to allow time for the Vietnamese government to speak to the Malaysian government.

"It is so unfair. we are calling for help from the most senior people at the trial to consider releasing my daughter, free her as soon as possible", she said.

Judge Azmin Ariffin accepted Teh's request and adjourned the case to 9 a.m. on April 1.

Their lawyers presented them as scapegoats and said the real killers were four North Koreans.

They remain at large despite an Interpol "red notice", equivalent to an worldwide arrest warrant.

She also shared that Vietnamese Ambassador to Malaysia Le Quy Quynh attended the March 14 trial to provide support for Huong if necessary, and visited her after the trial.

Siti and her alleged accomplice, Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam, had been accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong-nam's face in Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017.

But Huong says she was duped by North Korean spies into approaching him, believing it was a harmless prank for a TV show. Prosecutors alleged that Huong and Aisyah wiped Kim's face with the chemical before washing themselves.

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

"My message to the other woman workers, please don't easily trust the others". He said Vietnam's justice minister had written to the Malaysian attorney-general seeking Huong's release and that Vietnam would keep lobbying Malaysia to free her.

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