Jong-nam Murder: Vietnamese Suspect Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge, Sentenced to Three Years’ Jail

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Murder charge dropped, may go home first week May.

The Shah Alam High Court has sentenced Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong to three years and four months in jail after she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of causing hurt by dangerous weapons or North Korean Kim Jong-nam.


She pleaded guilty to the new charge under Section 324 of the Penal Code which provides for up to 10 years’ imprisonment, or fine, or whipping, or whichever two of the punishments, upon conviction.

The court also said her sentence would run from the date of her arrest on Feb 15, 2017.

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“In the first week of May, she will go home,” her lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik told reporters.

Doan had initially been charged with murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the mandatory death sentence.

Prosecutors told the court they made the offer of a reduced charge after receiving representations from the Vietnamese embassy and the woman’s lawyers.

Four North Koreans, believed to have masterminded Jong Nam’s murder, are still at large.