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AG rejects Vietnamese request for a discharge in Jong-nam case

Doan Thi Huong being escorted at the court today.

Doan Thi Huong being escorted at the court today.

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SHAH ALAM — March 14, 2019: Unlike in the case of the Indonesian woman, the Attorney-General’s Chambers has rejected a representation by a Vietnamese woman for the charge against her in a murder case to be withdrawn.

Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad informed High Court judge Datuk Azmi Ariffin of the decision during today’s proceedings.

According to Bernama, lawyer Hisyam Teh for Doan Thi Huong expressed his disappointment with the decision.

Doan is accused with Indonesian Siti Aisyah and four others still at large of murdering Kim Jong-nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, at the KL International Airport 2 on February 13, 2017. Last Monday, Indonesian Siti Aisyah was discharged after the prosecution withdrew the charge against her.

Ironically, on Auguast 16 last year the court ordered Siti Aisyah and Doan to enter their defence.

Said Hisyam today: “There is a very obvious discrimination against my client because in this case the court ruled that there is prima facie case against both accused… both ran the same defence before the court.

“Both accused stated that they were doing video pranks. Both maintained through their counsels that they were made scapegoats by four North Koreans.”

The court later postponed the hearing as Doan was not fit to testify and after Hisyam said his client was physically and mentally unfit.

“My client has not been able to sleep for three nights and only slept for an hour after the charge against Siti Aisyah was withdrawn.

“She is not fit, physically and mentally, and I request for today’s hearing to be postponed. My client should also be sent to hospital for further examination. I ask my lord to show mercy and compassion to her to give her some space,” he said.  — Bernama

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