Indonesian woman accused of killing estranged brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in 2017
A Malaysian court has dropped the case against one of two women charged with the murder of the estranged brother of the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, in a shock decision that delighted her friends and family.
Siti Aisyah was released from custody and flew home to Indonesia on Monday after the decision at a court in Kuala Lumpur.
Along with Doan Thi Huong, from Vietnam, Siti had been charged with the murder of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. The women were accused of smearing the toxic nerve agent VX on his face as he waited to board a flight to Macau. He died within 20 minutes.
Both Siti and Doan claimed they had unknowingly been tricked into carrying out the attack by North Korean operatives, who told them they were playing a prank for a Japanese comedy show. They both claim they thought they were smearing lotion on Kim Jong-nams face.
Surrounded by government officials and a mob of reporters at Jakartas airport after her arrival on Monday evening, Siti struggled for words as journalists shouted questions. With a prompt from Indonesias law and human rights minister, she thanked the president, Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, and other officials for helping secure her release.
Earlier, dressed in a maroon headscarf and black trousers adorned with bright flowers, Siti looked tired and pale as she entered the Indonesian embassy, accompanied by the Indonesian ambassador and other officials, but gave a small smile to the gathered journalists.
Tears came into her eyes as she spoke to reporters. I am very happy, I did not expect my release, said Siti, who had earlier hugged Doan in the dock when the news was announced. This is my day of freedom. Thank you to the Indonesian president, Jokowi, and the Indonesian ministries and the government who assigned a Malaysian lawyer for me. Thank you to the Malaysian government for releasing me.