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In a landmark decision that could strain Malaysia's ties with North Korean, one of the two women who had been facing the death penalty in Malaysia for dosing Kim Jong Nam with a lethal chemical agent has been freed, according to media reports.
According to Reuters, Siti Aisyah, 26, who had been on trial in Kuala Lumpur along with her Vietnamese co-defendant, Doan Thi Huong, turned to her co-defendand and hugged her while both women cried in the dock as the judgment was read.
Women - Jail - February - Nam - Half-brother
The two women have been sitting in jail since February 2017, when they allegedly poisoned Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with the banned liquid chemical agent VX at a Kuala Lumpur airport.
Following the decision in Siti's case (the two women are facing separate cases though they are jointly on trial), a lawyer for Huong also requested an acquittal. The trial has been suspended until Thursday to allow time for the Malaysian attorney general to make a decision.
Release - Siti - Clad - Malay - Dress
After her release, Siti, clad in a black traditional Malay dress and headscarf, was rushed to the Indonesian embassy, where she gave a brief statement to the media.
"I feel so happy. I did not expect that today I would be released,” she said, adding that she had been treated well in prison.
Women - Authorities - Reality - TV - Show
The two women told authorities that they thought they had been hired to participate in a reality TV show prank, and that they didn't realize what they had been tricked into doing until it was too late. It's widely believed that they were fooled by North Korean intelligence agents as part of a plot organized by Kim's government. CCTV footage from the Kuala Lumpur airport, where the attack took place, shows the women dosing Kim with what's believed to be the deadly agent shortly before he...
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