Malaysia: Vietnamese Woman to Stand Trial in Kim Jong-nam Killing

Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong broke down in tears as a prosecutor told a court the attorney-general had rejected a request to free her

Her Indonesian co-accused was released this week after prosecutors dropped a murder charge, but authorities refused to do the same for Huong.

Speaking through tears, Ms Huong told reporters in court: "I am depressed". The decision comes a few days after another accused 27-year-old Indonesian woman, Siti Aisyah, was released on Monday.

However, the court in Shah Alam, near Kuala Lumpur, ruled the trial against Ms Huong would resume on April 1.

"Vietnam has mentioned this case in all its exchanges with Malaysia and we have also requested that Malaysia conduct a fair trial", foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang told a news conference in Hanoi, the capital.

Judge Azmi Ariffin adjourned court on "humanitarian grounds", saying Huong appeared "not well".

Aisyah told CNN in an interview, Wednesday, that she agreed to take part in the reality TV show as side job to make some extra money.

Huong's lawyers said they were deeply disappointed with the decision and the attorney general had a "moral obligation" to explain the reasoning given the global nature of the case.

Interpol issued a red alert for four North Koreans who Malaysian police identified as suspects and who left the country hours after the murder.

Siti Aisyah smiles as she arrives from Malaysia at Halim Perdana Kusuma airport in Jakarta Indonesia
Siti Aisyah smiles as she arrives from Malaysia at Halim Perdana Kusuma airport in Jakarta Indonesia

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.

"As the AG need not give reasons for his decision, Doan will never know why she was treated differently from Siti Aisyah". "Her case is the same as Siti Aisyah's". There was security camera footage of Huong.

However, Doan's counsel Hisham confirmed that Malaysian prosecutors rejected a request to drop the charges against Doan, meaning she alone will face trial for the murder.

Another lawyer for Huong urged Malaysia's attorney-general to explain why he dropped the case against Aisyah but not Huong.

"My message to the other woman workers, please don't easily trust the others".

Vietnamese diplomatic efforts have proved less effective on the part of Doan, though Hisham confirmed that the embassy of Vietnam in Malaysia, as well as the Vietnamese minister of justice and minister of foreign affairs were "communication with the Malaysian government to secure the release of Doan Thi Huong". "If you want to do something, you have to understand what is that exactly", she said.

He has had little news from his daughter since she was arrested in February 2017, just three brief calls from custody on a borrowed phone asking after the family's health.

He was once seen as a future leader of the isolated country, but when his father Kim Jong-il died, he was bypassed in favour of the younger Kim.

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