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Lawyers for Vietphái nam woman in Kyên ổn Jong Nam murder accuse Malaysia of 'discrimination' as her trial is postponed

Doan Thi Huong (in red headscarf) has asked the Malaysian government to lớn withdraw the murder charge against her.PHOTO: REUTERS

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SHAH ALAM - The lawyers for Doan Thi Huong, the Vietnamese woman accused of murdering the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kyên Jong Un, have sầu accused the Malaysian government of “discimination” after an appeal for charges against Doan khổng lồ be dropped in the same manner as those for Indonesian suspect Siti Aisyah was rejected.

A Malaysian prosecutor said on Thursday (March 14) that Doan, 30, would remain on trial for the gruesome murder of Kyên Jong Nam with a toxic nerve sầu agent at a busy Kuala Lumpur airport in 2017. Her trial that was supposed to lớn start on Thursday has been postponed until April 1 after the court found that the accused was unfit to lớn take the stvà. 

On Monday, Malaysia shocked the court by releasing Ms Siti Aisyah. Siti Aisyah and Doan had both been arrested for the murder.

According to lớn a letter from Malaysia"s Attorney-General Tommy Thomas lớn Indonesia"s Minister of Law và Human Rights Yasonmãng cầu Laoly, the charges were dropped after "taking into trương mục the good relations" between the two countries

The A-G Chambers issued the order last Friday not lớn proseđáng yêu Ms Aisyah, 27, according to lớn the letter revealed by the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. The Indonesian government had repeatedly lobbied for charges against Ms Siti Aisyah khổng lồ be dropped & for her to be allowed to lớn return trang chủ.

Doan"s lead counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik said his team was "obviously disappointed with the position of the AG" for not withdrawing the charge against his client. He labelled it "discrimination" as the court has found a prima facie case against both Doan and Ms Aisyah.

"Both the accused persons ran the same kind of defence before this court. Both the accused stated through counsel that they were doing pranks. Both maintained through counsel that they were made scapegoats by North Korea.

"With respect, the decision not to lớn withdraw is perverse. It does not speak well of our criminal justice system. It does not bring confidence khổng lồ our criminal justice system. It"s very obvious, my lord, that there is discrimination."

Throughout the proceeding, Doan appeared distraught and was sobbing.

The two women denied the murder, saying they believed they were taking part in a prank for a reality show and were tricked by North Korean agents into killing Mr Jong Nam by smearing VX nerve agent on his face at the Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017.

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Ms Aisyah had been working as a masseuse in Kuala Lumpur, while Doan described herself as an entertainer.

Interpol issued a red alert for four North Koreans who Malaysian police identified as suspects and who left the country hours after the murder.

Mr Hisyam told the court that his client "has not been sleeping well for the last three nights".

"After March 11, she slept for about one hour per night. We are now at the crucial point of the case (where she is needed to testify)... under such circumstance, she is not able lớn.

"I ask, my lord, to lớn show mercy & compassion khổng lồ her to give sầu her some space," he said, to lớn which the request was granted.

Judge Azmày Ariffin told the High Court: "I wish to lớn carry on with this case but unfortunately, from my observation... by looking at her (Doan), she is not well mentally & physically,"

"She must be given the opportunity khổng lồ be attended by a doctor. I allow this adjournment solely on this ground. Furthermore, there is no objection from the prosecution."

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