Now, Vietnam wants Malaysia to free Kim Jong Nam murder suspect

Vietnam Asks Malaysia to Free Woman Accused of Poisoning Kim Jong Nam

In a separate statement on Wednesday, the government said Justice Minister Le Thanh Long had sent a letter to Malaysia's attorney-general, Tommy Thomas, asking Malaysia to free Huong.

Huong, 30, and Aisyah, 26, were accused of using the nerve agent VX to assassinate Kim, who the USA and South Korea have claimed was Kim Jong-nam, at Kuala Lumpur's worldwide airport on February 13, 2017.

The release of an Indonesian woman accused in the 2017 killing of the North Korean leader's half-brother was entirely a Court ruling, and the government did not interfere in the decision to drop the charges against her, according to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The women's lawyers say the real killers are 4 North Koreans - formally accused of the crime alongside the women - who fled Malaysia shortly after the assassination.

The two women had allegedly smeared VX nerve agent on Jong-nam's face at KLIA2 on Feb 13, 2017.

The defence had disputed whether the CCTV footage was clear enough to identify the Indonesian woman as an assailant, or establish what she had done to the victim.

Siti Aisyah and Huong have maintained that they believed they had been hired to participate in a reality TV prank show. "I did not expect that today I would be released", she said.

Gooi Soon Seng, Siti Aisyah's lawyer, said his client was "a scapegoat".

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Vietnam today asked Malaysia to free the Vietnamese woman charged with assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother in Kuala Lumpur, a day after her Indonesian co-accused was suddenly released, AFP reported.

"I still believe that North Korea had something to do with it", Gooi said.

Huong is set to appear in court on Thursday after her lawyers asked the attorney-general to withdraw her murder charge.

Meanwhile, Vietnam had pushed less hard on behalf of Huong, even recently hosting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for an official visit and a summit with President Donald Trump. Pyongyang has denied the accusation.

Vietnam provided legal counsel to Huong, but has refrained from publicly lobbying for her release until Tuesday.

Prosecutors did not give any reason for the remarkable retreat in their case against Aisyah, but the timing raised eyebrows in Malaysia as a High Court judge had just last August found there was enough evidence to infer that Aisyah, 26, and Huong, 29, had engaged in a "well-planned conspiracy" to kill Kim.

A defence lawyer also asked for an adjournment in the case against Huong to submit a request that charges be dropped against her too.

"Miss Aisyah was deceived and had no awareness whatsoever that she was being used as an intelligence tool of North Korea", he wrote.

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