Vietnamese woman linked to Kim Jong-Nam murder pens personal message

Cheryl Sanders
May 4, 2019

Malaysian authorities on Friday freed a Vietnamese woman who served two years in prison on suspicion of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in 2017, Reuters quoted her lawyer as saying.

The two women were accused of smearing deadly VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam's face at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13, 2017.

Huong pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of causing injury after prosecutors dropped the murder charge against her. Officials said Kim Jong-nam had been trying to take over the isolated nation. I thank you my lord Jesus.

Huong was the last suspect in custody after the Malaysian attorney general's stunning decision in March to drop a murder case against her co-defendant, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, following high-level lobbying from Jakarta.

South Korean and US officials have talked about the involvement of North Korea, ruled by Kim Jong Un (left), in murdering the half-brother of the leader, Kim Jong Nam (right).

More than 2 years after her arrest, Huong was freed from prison outside the Malaysian capital early Friday before her flight back home later in the day. Malaysian officials never officially accused North Korea and made it clear they didn't want the trial politicized. "She is looking forward to return home to meet her family and friends", he told the Associated Press after meeting her at a prison Thursday.

The same day, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said Huong's release and return to Vietnam was "a result of collective efforts to protect citizens by the government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam Bar Federation, Malaysian lawyers and other agencies".

"I want to say I love you all". 'In the event she is unable to talk to media I will read out a statement from her, ' he said.

Four North Korean men were also charged but they left Malaysia hours after the murder and remain at large.

After arriving in Hanoi, Huong said she wasn't sure what she wants to do next, "but I think I want to become an actor". "They did not treat me badly".

Huong's release likely closes the murder case.

"The assassins have not been brought to justice", said Huong's lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, adding the women's legal teams consistently argued that 4 North Koreans who fled Malaysia after the killing, and were charged in absentia, were the real murderers.

South Korean and USA officials have said the North Korean regime had ordered the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, who had been critical of his family's dynastic rule.

He was once seen as a future leader of the isolated country, but when his father Kim Jong-il died, was bypassed in favour of the younger Kim. The charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries a mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

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