One of the two women accused of killing Kim Jong Un’s half-brother in a daring airport ambush was freed from custody Monday after prosecutors unexpectedly dropped the murder charges against her.
Indonesia's Siti Aisyah was accused in the killing, which involved the smearing of VX nerve agent on the face of the North Korean leader’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, while he was walking in an airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 13, 2017.
CCTV footage showed one of the two women placing her hands over Kim's face and then both women leaving the scene.
Aisyah – and her co-defendant Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam – have maintained their innocence, saying they thought they were taking part in a prank for a TV show. The two had been the only suspects in custody after four North Korean suspects fled the country the same morning Kim was killed. Huong remained in custody Monday and it wasn't immediately clear how the dismissal of charges against Aisyah would affect Huong's trial going forward.
“I am in shock. My mind is black,” Huong told reporters after Aisyah was ushered away from the courtroom in an Indonesian Embassy car Monday.
Officials said she was expected to fly back to Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, later Monday.
"I feel very happy," Aisyah said at a news conference at the Indonesian Embassy. "I didn't expect that today will be my freedom day."
(Edited by Nguyen Dung Tri - original submission Monday, 11 March 2019, 9:44 PM)