Vietnamese woman linked to Kim Jong-Nam murder freed today

Vietnamese woman linked to Kim Jong-Nam murder freed today

KUALA LUMPUR: Doan Thi Huong, the Vietnamese woman initially accused of the murder of Kim Jong-Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader, has been released from prison at 7.20 am today.

Lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik representing the 30-year-old woman said she would be taken to the Immigration Department in Putrajaya before being deported to her country of origin later today.

“At about 4 pm, the Immigration personnel will see Doan off at the KL International Airport.

“Her flight to Vietnam will depart at 7.15 pm,” he told Bernama.

On April 1, Doan was sentenced to three years and four months’ jail by the Shah Alam High Court after she pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of causing hurt to the man by smearing VX nerve agent on his face at the departure hall of the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) two years ago.

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. She has returned to Indonesia.

Both of them, along with four others still at large, were initially charged with assassinating Kim Jong-nam, 45, at the klia2 at 9 am on Feb 13, 2017. The charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries a mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

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