Vietnamese woman in assassination trial denied freedom

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The prosecutor did not elaborate.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah, who accompanied Huong and says she was fooled in the same way, was freed after charges against her were dropped on Monday. The Indonesian embassy flew her to Jakarta the same day.

Pyongyang, said to have viewed Kim as a political threat, has officially denied any involvement in his murder and four North Korean suspects remain at large.

"So it makes no difference if Doan's image was caught on camera", he said. She said she was offered the job by a Malaysian man and ended up earning about $120, but declined to speak at length about the case. There are no differences, similar evidence and the same defence.

Teh suggested Attorney General and Public Prosecutor Tommy Tomas practiced "discrimination" in releasing Siti Aisyah but not his client, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

Huong and Ms Siti Aisyah were charged with killing Kim by smearing his face with VX poison, a banned chemical weapon, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in February 2017.

The murder of Kim Jong Nam triggered a nationwide manhunt and a diplomatic crisis.

But today, lead prosecutor Muhammad Iskandar Ahmad told the High Court in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, that the attorney-general had ordered the case against Ms Huong to proceed.

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Huong arrived in court looking anxious. Her lawyers said while she was happy that Siti Aisyah had been released, she was now feeling depressed and had slept for no more than an hour over the past three nights.

Following which, the judge said: "I wish to carry on with this case, but unfortunately, from my observation looking at her, she is not well, mentally or physically". "I think she must given the opportunity to be treated by a doctor".

Vietnam's Ambassador Le Quy Quynh attended the hearing and said the government was doing all it could to secure Huong's release.

A Malaysian court on Thursday announced it would temporarily postpone the trial of Vietnamese citizen Đoàn Thị Hương, a suspect in the murder of a North Korean national in 2017, due to her health condition, Vietnam News Agency reports.

Huong bowed her head as she was escorted back to prison by armed police.

Lawyers for both women had asserted both made scapegoats in the assassination, alleging that North Korean agents had lured them into the plot to kill Kim by making them believe they were taking part in a prank for a reality show.

"It is so unfair. we are calling for help from the most senior people at the trial to consider releasing my daughter, free her as soon as possible", she said. "The AG favored one party to the other", Teh said.

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