Suspect freed over airport killing of Kim half-brother

Indonesian Siti Aisyah accused in the 2017 killing of Kim Jong-nam and who was freed by the High Court attends a news conference at the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur

"I'm so happy - I have no words to describe my feelings", Aisyah told reporters and others after landing at Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport in Jakarta hours later. "I did not expect it", said Aisyah, who was wearing a red headscarf.

The news was a surprise as the court had only been scheduled to hear Huong testify Monday, and the Vietnamese woman was left in shock that she was not released alongside Aisyah. Their lawyers argued that they were both used as scapegoats.

In August a year ago, the High Court judge determined that the prosecution had established a prima facie case against the women based on the testimony of 34 witnesses and airport security camera footage, and ordered them to mount a defense against what he said was a "well-planned conspiracy" hatched with the four North Korean suspects. She was to have begun giving her defense in Monday's court session, after months of delay. The Judge approved the request saying "Siti Aisyah is freed", but this does not amount to an acquittal, according to APF news agency.

In a statement posted on its website, the group appeared to have acted in support of the two women defendants.

Lawyers for the women have previously said they were pawns in a political assassination with clear links to the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, and that the prosecution failed to show the women had any intention to kill.

But Huong ended up only reading the first three lines of her prepared testimony in a tearful and stuttering tone. I don't know what to think.

"Since the very beginning we believe that she is not guilty".

Huong's lawyer Hisham Teh Poh Teik told The Associated Press they will seek postponement of her trial.

The Vietnamese government has not been as demanding about the release of Huong, who is still in detention.




"Why did they release the Indonesian girl without releasing my daughter?" he told AFP.

Indonesia's government had repeatedly asked for the woman's release.

The BBC quoted a letter from Malaysia's attorney general to Indonesia's law minister in which Jakarta's objections to the prosecution of Asiyah and the good state of relations between the two countries were taken into account when deciding to drop the charges.

A High Court judge last August had found there was enough evidence to infer that Ms. Aisyah, Ms. Huong, and the four missing North Koreans engaged in a "well-planned conspiracy" to kill Kim Jong Nam.

CCTV footage seen in court during the trial showed the suspects rushing to separate bathrooms in the airport after the murder, before leaving in taxis, and prosecutors likened it to something out of a James Bond movie.

The wall of the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia bears a graffiti on Monday.

Kim Jong Nam's murder triggered a heated three-week diplomatic row between Malaysia and North Korea, further isolating Pyongyang.

South Korean intelligence has claimed the murder was part of a five-year plot by the North Korean leader to kill a half-brother he reportedly never met.

Ms Aisyah could have faced the death penalty if convicted.

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