Vietnamese in Jong-nam Murder Case Freed, to Fly Home This Evening

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Doan Thi Huong, who escaped the gallows after she pleaded guilty to an alternative charge in the murder of North Korean Kim Jong-nam, is expected to take a flight home at 7.15pm on Friday (May 3).

Doan was released from prison at 7.15 am today.

Immigration Department official vehicles were seen leaving the prison compound around that time.

Lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik representing the 30-year-old woman said she would be taken to the Immigration Department in Putrajaya before being deported to Vietnam later today.

“At about 4 pm, the Immigration personnel will see Doan off at the KL International Airport.

“Her flight to Vietnam will depart at 7.15 pm,” he told Bernama.

It is learned that Doan will be boarding a commercial flight, Vietnam Airlines.

On April 1, Doan was sentenced to three years and four months’ jail by the Shah Alam High Court after she pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of causing hurt to the man by smearing VX nerve agent on his face at the departure hall of the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) two years ago.

The court had, on March 11, given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal to the other accused in the case, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, after the prosecution withdrew the charge against her. She has returned to Indonesia.

Both of them, along with four others still at large, were initially charged with assassinating Kim Jong-nam, 45, at the klia2 at 9 am on Feb 13, 2017.

The four North Korean men left Malaysia hours after the murder and remain at large.

The charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries a mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

South Korean and US 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. Pyongyang has denied the allegation.

Defence lawyers have maintained the women were pawns in an assassination orchestrated by North Korean agents. The women said they thought they were part of a reality prank show and did not know they were poisoning Kim.

Malaysia came under criticism for charging the two women with murder when the key perpetrators were still being sought.