Second woman freed in North Korea case

The Vietnamese woman accused of the 2017 killing of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, has been released, her lawyer says

Both women denied murder and said they thought they were part of a TV prank
Both women denied murder and said they thought they were part of a TV prank

The Vietnamese woman accused of the 2017 killing of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, has been released, her lawyer says. Doan Thi Huong accepted a deal with Malaysian prosecutors last month and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of "causing injury".

Huong and Indonesian Siti Aisyah were accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim in Kuala Lumpur airport.

Both women denied murder and said they thought they were part of a TV prank.

They said they were tricked into carrying out the killing as innocent victims of an elaborate North Korean plot.

Huong is expected to fly back to Vietnam later on Friday.

"I met Doan yesterday at the prison to give her new clothes and a pair of shoes," Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, one of her lawyers, local media.

"She was obviously very happy to be released and looks forward to being reunited with her family."

Her co-defendant Siti Aisyah was freed in March after charges against her were dropped. The prosecution did not provide a reason for the decision.

Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, had been waiting to board a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Macau on 13 February 2017 when two women approached him in the departure area.

CCTV footage showed one of them placing her hands over his face, then both women leaving the scene.

Kim died on the way to hospital from what was later found to be exposure to the nerve agent VX, one of the most toxic of all known chemical agents.

North Korea has fiercely denied any involvement in the killing, but four men - believed to be North Koreans who fled Malaysia on the day of the murder - have also been charged in the case.

They remain at large despite an Interpol "red notice", equivalent to an international arrest warrant.

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