'I love you all,' pens freed Doan in farewell letter to Malaysia

'I love you all,' pens freed Doan in farewell letter to Malaysia

A Vietnamese woman accused of killing Kim Jong Un's half-brother with a nerve agent was headed home Friday after serving time behind bars for the stunt.

Doan Thi Huong was released on Friday morning from the Kajang prison, after pleading guilty last month to a lesser charge of "causing injury" over the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong Nam, who died a painful death at Kuala Lumpur's worldwide airport after being smeared with lethal VX agent.

Teh said he and two lawyers from his firm, Datuk Naran Singh and Salim Bashir, would accompany Doan to Hanoi, Vietnam on a Vietnam Airlines flight scheduled to depart at 7.15pm.

The other suspect in the case, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 27, was released from custody in March after the court dropped the murder charge against her without explanation.

Huong and Aisyah claimed they thought they were taking part in a harmless prank for a TV show.

The only person convicted over the assassination of the brother of Kim Jong-un at Kuala Lumpur airport has walked free from prison. Officials said Kim Jong-nam had been trying to take over the isolated nation.

Doan Thi Huong's release likely closes the case, since four North Koreans named as co-conspirators in the 2017 slaying are not in custody.

Huong, 30, sought to be acquitted but prosecutors denied her request.

Ms Huong and Indonesian Siti Aisyah had been accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Mr Kim in Kuala Lumpur airport. She was sentenced to 40 months in prison, which was counted from February 15, 2017, the date of her arrest.

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An immigration vehicle believed to be carrying Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong leaves a prision after she was released in Kajang, Malaysia, May 3, 2019.

"I felt so lonely and I missed my home so much - that was my most fearful feeling".

Huong's lawyer, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, told reporters at the airport that "the case has come to a complete end" because prosecutors didn't file any appeal of the sentence given Huong. I am very happy and thank you all a lot. "I love you all", she scribbled in the letter, shown to reporters.

Lawyers for the women have said that they were pawns in a political assassination with clear links to the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, and that the prosecution failed to show the women had any intention to kill.

"I still don't really know what to do next", said Huong.

South Korean and US officials have said the North Korean regime had ordered the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, who had been critical of his family's dynastic rule.

Four North Korean men were also charged but they left Malaysia hours after the murder and remain at large.

Another three were allowed to leave the country after North Korea barred Malaysians from leaving North Korea.