Murder Charge Dropped Against Accused Killer Of Kim Jong Un's Half-Brother

Malaysia court frees woman accused of killing Kim’s half-brother

Suspect freed over airport killing of Kim half-brother

Siti Aisyah smiled as she was ushered through a pack of journalists and into a vehicle outside the court, where she had been on trial alongside a Vietnamese woman for the murder of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017.

After two years in legal limbo, one of the two women accused of killing Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has been set free by a Malaysian court. The charge was "vague" and the prosecution "has failed to make out a prima facie case against the accused (Aisyah)", he said.

They had been accused of poisoning Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with liquid VX, a banned chemical weapon, at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017.

Aisyah thanked Widodo and his government for helping secure her release.

Laoly said Siti Aisyah's release, after over two years in prison, was the result of high-level diplomacy by his government, including meetings with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the attorney-general.

"I feel very happy", Aisyah said at a news conference at the Indonesian Embassy.

The trial of Siti Aisyah, 26, was suspended in December as her lawyers argued with prosecutors over access to statements made by seven witnesses.

Monday was the first time Huong and Aisyah had spoken publicly in the more than two years they spent behind bars.

Prosecutor Iskandar Ahmad said Aisyah can be charged again if there is fresh evidence, but there are no such plans now. She said she was treated well in prison and received plenty of encouragement, but that she was eager to see her family.

She flew back to Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, later Monday and thanked the president and other officials for their help.

Indonesian Ambassador Rusdi Kirana said he was thankful to the Malaysian government. She told reporters she had only learned that morning that she would be freed.

But four men believed to be North Koreans who fled Malaysia on the day of the murder have also been charged.

Indonesia's Foreign Ministry brought Aisyah's parents to Jakarta, where they are expected to meet their daughter when she arrives, her mother Benah told CNN.

Huong's lawyer said she was "traumatized" that only Aisyah had been released, and the court agreed to adjourn the Vietnamese suspect's testimony to allow her legal team to apply for her murder charge to be dropped.

"The process was long and she turned out to be innocent, having fallen victim to a conspiracy believing she was taking part in a prank for a reality television show, not knowing she was being used", he said.

Huong's case did not appear to be publicly discussed during Kim Jong Un's recent visit to Hanoi, when he met US President Donald Trump and Vietnam's leaders.

Siti Aisyah smiles as she leaves the Shah Alam Court, on March 11, 2019. He had been living overseas for years but could have been seen as a threat to Kim Jong Un's rule.

Jong Nam fell out of favor with their father, former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, almost two decades ago and lived in self-imposed exile in the Chinese-controlled territory of Macau.

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