Malaysia won't drop case against Vietnamese in Kim killing:The Asahi Shimbun

Malaysia rejects Vietnam’s request to free woman in murder trial

Huong's lawyer said the ruling had been marred by discrimination, complaining that the public prosecutor had not "acted fairly and justly" toward his client.

The authorities of Malaysia has on Thursday dismissed a plea to drop the murder case of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's half-brother Kim Jong-Nam against the Vietnamese woman, Doan Thi Huong, accused of murdering Nam.

Yesterday, she sobbed in the dock and had to be helped out of court by two police officers after a prosecutor announced the attorney-general had refused to drop a murder charge against her. I don't know. I'm also speculating here. "I have no idea what is going on", she said.

Another lawyer for Huong urged Malaysia's attorney-general to explain why he dropped the case against Aisyah but not Huong.

The Vietnamese government had made the appeal after Doan Thi Huong's co-accused, Indonesian woman Siti Aisyah, was released on Monday in a shock decision.

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"Her case is the same as that of Siti Aisyah, there are no differences, similarities all around". But Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad reportedly denied knowledge about it.

Huong was accused along with Indonesian Siti Aisyah of killing Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, by smearing his face with VX poison at Kuala Lumpur airport.

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Binh had called his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah to free Doan.

Both women were facing murder charges over the death of Kim Jong-nam.

While the defense phase of her trial was set to begin Monday, it was postponed until today in light of the abrupt release of her co-defendant, and now again until April 1 in consideration of her health, Bloomberg reported. The women claimed they had no idea they had been groomed by North Korean agents to carry out the murder and thought they were taking part in a prank TV show.

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Asked about traces of VX nerve agent that were found under her fingernails, Teh said Doan had no knowledge that the liquid substance on her palm was the internationally banned chemical.

The trial featured airport video recordings of two women allegedly assaulting Kim Jong Nam while he prepared to check in for a flight.

Huong is now the only person on trial for the Cold War-style killing, and could face the death penalty if convicted. His body was repatriated in exchange for nine Malaysian embassy officials and their families who were stuck in the North Korean capital for six weeks amid the wrangling.

On Malaysia's request, Interpol has issued arrest warrants for the four men, who are believed to be back in Pyongyang, but North Korea is not a member of the organization.

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