Vietnamese woman pleaded guilty to hurting Jong-Nam

Vietnamese woman pleaded guilty to hurting Jong-Nam

SHAH ALAM: Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong, who was initially accused of the murder of Kim Chol or Kim Jong-nam, elder brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is now charged with voluntarily causing hurt on the man by dangerous means.

Deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Iskandar Ahmad, who prosecuted, informed High Court judge Datuk Azmi Ariffin that the prosecution had amended the charge, which was initially under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, to an alternative charge with causing hurt under Section 324 of the same law.

Section 324 of the law provides an imprisonment for up to 10 years, or fine, or whipping, or any two of the punishment, if found guilty, while Section 302 provides the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Doan, 30, pleaded guilty to the alternative charge and the court then postponed proceeding.

She was charged, with four others still at large, with causing hurt on Jong-namby smearing VX nerve agent on his face at the departure hall of the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) at 9 am on Feb 13, 2017.

Today’s proceeding was initially fixed to hear Doan’s defence against the murder charge.

During the proceeding, Doan, who was in the dock, looked calm and once in a while was seen looking at a few men who were seated at the public gallery. They included her father and representatives from the Vietnamese Embassy.

The Shah Alam High 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.

Following which, Doan, through her lawyer, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, ,submitted a representation to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for a review of the charge against her, but it was dismissed.

The court had, on Aug 16 last year, ordered Siti Aisyah and Doan to enter their defence on the charge of murdering Jong-nam.

Source- Bernama

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