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Mon Mar 11, 2019, 12:14 AM

Kim Jong-nam murder: suspect Siti Aisyah released after charge dropped

Source: The Guardian

The case against Siti Aisyah, one of two women who were charged with the murder of the estranged brother of Kim Jong-un, has been dropped by a court in Malaysia.

She was released from custody after the decision in Kuala Lumpur on Monday morning.

Siti and Doan Thi Huong were charged with the murder of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. The women were accused of smearing the toxic nerve agent VX on his face as he waited to board a flight to Macau. He died within 20 minutes.

Both Siti and Doan, from Vietnam, claimed they had unknowingly been tricked into carrying out the murder by North Korean operatives, who told them they were playing a prank for a Japanese comedy show. They both allege they thought they were smearing lotion on Kim Jong-namís face.


Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Kuala Lumpur
Mon 11 Mar 2019 02.52 GMT

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/11/kim-jong-nam-trial-siti-aisyah-released-after-charge-dropped

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