Vietnamese woman charged in Kim Jong-nam assassination to be released next week

Celebrations are in order for Vietnamese inmate Doan Thi Huong, who is set to be released from Kajang Women’s Prison, just outside of Malaysia’ capital Kuala Lumpur, at 9am May 3.

Having been initially on the hook for murdering the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 using VX nerve agent along with her Indonesian accomplice, Siti Aisyah, her impending release is positive news for Doan, the only figure charged and convicted in the assassination.

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong was filmed practicing at the airport two days before the incident

Having plead guilty to a lesser charge of causing voluntary hurt by a Shah Alam High Court, and she served a total of three year and four months in jail, dating back from the time of her arrest.

So, shorter than the time Remy Ma spent in the clink, but more than Gucci Mane.

Doan is expected to board a flight home to Vietnam on the day of her release, with her lawyer telling media that she has an evening flight booked on Vietnam Airlines.

Unfortunately, Doan’s fate seemed to be less gilded than her Indonesian cohort, who after two years in legal limbo, was been set free by a Malaysian court in March.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah waves after a press conference in Jakarta on March 11, 2019. – Shock and delight rippled through the Indonesian town of Sindangsari on March 11 as residents got word that a local woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother had been freed. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP)

All murder charges pending against Indonesian national Siti Aisyah were dropped, without an acquittal, after prosecutors decided to withdraw their case. She had pleaded not guilty to the accusations. No reason was given for the swift turn of events.

Both women claimed that they were told they were participating in a prank game show when in actuality, they were the cogs in an international assassination. Investigators have long believed that four North Korean agents were the masterminds of the hit; however, none were ever arrested or brought to trial in the case.

Safe travels, Doan. Stay away from bizarre-sounding game shows.


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