KUALA LUMPUR — April 1, 2019: Prosecutors today dropped a murder charge against a Vietnamese woman accused of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of causing harm using dangerous means.
Reuters reported that they made the offer to Doan Thi Huong, 30, of a reduced charge after receiving representations from the Vietnamese embassy and her lawyers. Doan pleaded guilty.
She was accused of smearing Kim Jong Nam’s face with VX poison, a lethal chemical weapon, at KL International Airport2 in February 2017.
“Soon you will be back in your country and back to your family,” Justice Azmi said.
If she had been found guilty of murder, she would have faced a mandatory death penalty. Doan was charged together with Indonesian woman Siti Aisyah but prosecutors sprung a surprise last month by dropping the charge against Siti Aisyah but declined to do the same for Doan despite appeals from the Vietnamese government.