Indonesian Woman Accused Of Kim Jong Nam Murder Freed

Siti Aisyah

Aisyah told an investigating officer that she was paid around $100 to take part in various pranks outside a Malaysian mall for a Japanese YouTube show.

This came after prosecutors stated they wanted to withdraw charges against her without disclosing a reason.

Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, 28, was also charged with the murder and remained in the court on Monday.

The trial is to resume Thursday, and prosecutors are expected to reply to a request by Ms. Huong's lawyers for the government to withdraw the charge against her as well.

In a dramatic turn of events, an Indonesian woman, Siti Aisyah, 26, accused in the 2017 chemical poison murder of Kim Jong Nam was freed on Monday after the Malaysian court dropped the charge. Aisyah and Doan were accused of using a nerve agent, VX, to kill him.

She later left the court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur by auto for the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, where she attended a press conference with Indonesian Minister for Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly.

He said Aisyah was free to leave the country. "I did not expect it", she said.

"I hope our government will always be great, and may God protect President Jokowi and Vice President Jusuf Kalla", she said.

Her father, Asriah Nur Hasan, covered his face, got down on his knees in front of her and broke into tears when he and his daughter were reunited at the foreign ministry. "After this I just want to gather with family". "Siti is innocent. That's why we keep praying for her", she said.

Reports of her release spread quickly in her hometown of Sindangsari on Java island.

During the hearings in June 2018, Aisyah's lawyer Gooi Soon Seng, in his final submission, told the court that "the investigation was not only shoddy but was lopsided". He speculated that the prosecution had determined that it could not prove the charges against his client.

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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.

According to those familiar with his lifestyle in Macau, the elusive Kim Jong Nam developed a reputation for living low-key despite being well-endowed financially.

"What was purely found was merely traces of degrading products of VX and that alone is very circumstantial, and the fact that the clothes that were found did not have the DNA of Siti Aisyah", he said.

Indonesian Ambassador Rusdi Kirana thanked the Malaysian government for Aisyah's release and said: "We believe she is not guilty".

Huong, who remains on trial, was distraught.

Her case has now been adjourned at the request of her lawyers. Huong's lawyer, Hisyam Teh Pok Teik, added that she was "traumatized by what happened in court".

Prosecutor Iskandar Ahmad said Aisyah's discharge without an acquittal means she can be charged again if there is fresh evidence, but there are no such plans now.

Aisyah was a migrant worker in Kuala Lumpur, and is believed to have approached by a man at the nightclub she was working at who convinced her to participate in the prank.

The Indonesian justice minister had written to Malaysia's attorney general seeking her release, citing problems with the case, and he agreed last week. "This is my day of freedom".

Salim Bashir, a lawyer for Huong, said previously she was prepared to testify under oath for her defence. He died within 20 minutes. The two young women were arrested within days.

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