Indonesian woman freed after murder charge dropped in Kim Jong Nam killing

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Siti and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong were accused of smearing Kim Jong Nam's face with the highly toxic VX nerve agent at a Kuala Lumpur airport in 2017.

The judge unexpectedly agreed to a request at Monday's hearing to withdraw the murder charge and release Ms Aisyah, although it did not amount to a full acquittal.

An Indonesian woman held for two years on suspicion of killing the North Korean leader's half brother has been freed.

Indonesia's ambassador to Malaysia, who was in court with Aisyah, thanked the judge and the Malaysian government, but declined to answer questions about what is next for her.

"She is very happy".

The foreign ministry said in a statement Monday that Siti Aisyah was "deceived and did not realise at all that she was being manipulated by North Korean intelligence".

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"On behalf of Doan, we will ask for the [attorney general] to review the case for the charge to be withdrawn on the same grounds as Siti Aisyah". No reason was given.

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

Gooi said there was no "direct evidence" of the Indonesian woman's involvement in the killing.

In August, a judge ruled there was sufficient evidence the suspects had engaged in a "well-planned conspiracy" with the four North Koreans to murder Kim, and ordered that the trial continue to the defence stage.

In the letter, a copy of which was provided to the press, the office contended that Aisyah was misled into thinking that she had been performing for a reality show and she had no intention of killing Kim Jong Nam.

Four North Korean suspects fled Malaysia on the morning of February 13, 2017, the day Kim Jong Nam was killed. Pyongyang has denied the accusation. 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. It was not yet clear in Monday's court proceedings if she would be charged with a lower count.

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"Where is the principle of equality?"

The discharge order only applies to Siti. "The prosecution never advanced a single ground for the withdrawal". There, she thanked the Indonesian president and other officials for their help.

Officials said she was expected to fly back to Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, later Monday.

The country's attorney general reportedly said good relations between Indonesia and Malaysia were partially responsible for the decision.

Indonesian Justice Minister Yasonna Laoly welcomed Aisyah at the airport. It would be more than a year before his much publicized meetings with the leaders of South Korea, China and the United States.

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