Malaysia rejects calls to free the Vietnamese woman accused of the murder of Kim Jong Nam

KUALA LUMPUR – Vietnam claims that Malaysia Attorney General had not acted fairly after freeing the Indonesian woman Siti Aisyah and keeping the Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong though both of them are accused of the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader.

Both Doan Thi Huong and Siti Aisyah were charged with killing Kim Jong Nam by smearing his face with VX poison at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017.

“It’s our complaint that the public prosecution has not acted fairly and justly to Doan Thi Huong,” her lawyer Hisyam Teh was quoted as saying by Reuters after Malaysian prosecutors rejected an appeal to drop the murder charge against her too.

Teh said the court`s rejection of Vietnam’s request was “perverse,” and a case of discrimination.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah was freed on Monday after a Malaysian court dropped the charge against her.

On Tuesday, Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Binh called his Malaysian counterpart Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and asked Malaysia to “ensure a fair trial and free Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong,” the government said in a statement.

Huong’s father, Doan Van Thanh told Reuters that Siti Aisyah’s release was good news for him and his family. 

“I believe that my daughter will be released too because she is innocent.

“We haven’t received any information from Malaysia recently, and we are eager to hear from them now,” he told the media.

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