A Vietnamese woman who unwittingly killed Kim Jong-un's brother in a weird assassination plot has been freed after two years in a Malaysian prison.
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 left for the immigration department, a prison spokesman said, where she is expected to be processed before returning home to Vietnam in the coming hours.
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 from Vietnam and Indonesian Siti Aisyah were arrested after being spotted on CCTV approaching Kim but always denied murder, insisting they were tricked into carrying out the hit by North Korean agents who said it was a prank for a reality TV show and fled Malaysia after the killing.More news: Drone Delivers Kidney for Transplant in Baltimore
"The assassins have not been brought to justice", said Mr Hisyam, adding the women's legal teams consistently argued that their North Korean handlers were the real murderers.
Malaysian officials never officially accused North Korea and have made it clear they didn't want the case politicized.
Lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, representing the 30-year-old woman, read out the personal message written on a piece of paper to the media at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), here today. Their initial request was refused, but at the start of April prosecutors offered her a reduced charge, paving the way for her release.
She was found guilty of voluntarily causing hurt with risky weapons or means by the Shah Alam High Court of Selangor State of Malaysia last month and was sentenced 40 months in prison.More news: NASA head: Expect a major asteroid strike in your lifetime
She will return to Vietnam later on Friday, Mr Teh said.
"I'm very happy and thank you all a lot".
Doan Thi Huong smiles as she is escorted by Malaysian police officers at the Shah Alam High Court last month. "I love you all", Huong said in the letter shown by her lawyers at an airport press conference before her flight.
Kim Jong Nam lived in exile from his homeland in the Chinese controlled territory of Macau and had occasionally criticized its regime.More news: News details emerge of failed plot to oust Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro
A Vietnamese embassy translator says the Vietnamese woman who was tried for the killing of the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader has been released from a Malaysian prison. Intent to kill is crucial to a murder charge under Malaysian law.