Doan Thi Huong (C), Vietnamese suspect in the murder of Kim Jong-nam, arrives in court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 1, 2019. Photo by AFP She looks set to be freed soon, after her Indonesian co-accused was released last month. Doan Thi Huong smiled and said “I’m happy” after prosecutors presented her legal team with the new charge in a Malaysian court and they announced the details. She has been on trial since 2017 for the murder of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport with a toxic nerve agent in a Cold War-style hit. It came after authorities last month rejected her initial request for her murder charge to be dropped entirely — a shock decision after the attorney-general agreed to withdraw the charge against her Indonesian co-defendant, Siti Aisyah, and she walked free. Salim Bashir, one of her lawyers, told reporters outside the High Court in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, that the 30-year-old had been offered a charge of causing hurt by dangerous weapons instead of murder. Soon afterwards, the new charge was read in court to Huong and she pleaded guilty. The charge carries a maximum 10-year jail term but the lawyer said she would likely… Read full this story
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