Malaysia, PINUS Press - Siti Aisyah, an Indonesian woman accused for killing North Korea’s supreme leader’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam, was freed this Monday (Mar 11).
Siti, alongside a Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong was accused for smearing a toxic VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam’s face in Kuala Lumpur Airport in 2017. Nam died on the way to the hospital. North Korea denied any involvement in the murder, although four men - believed to be North Korean have fled Malaysia on the day of murder.
Siti and Doan testified that they were manipulated by a ‘Japanese or Korean man’ who paid them RM400 or around SGD 120 if they throw liquid on Nam’s face. They assumed that it was part of a television prank.
The news of Siti’s released from Kuala Lumpur was confirmed by Ministry of External Affairs Retno Matsudi.
“Indonesian Ministry of External Affairs’ issued a request to Malaysian General Attorney to use their authority based on Article 254 of Malaysian Criminal Law to not continue the charges against Siti Aisyah”, told the General Director of Law and Administration of Ministry of Human Rights Cahyo Rahadian Muzhar in a formal report.
The diplomatic effort - according to Cahyo, was under the direction of President Jokowi Dodo in collaboration with Ministry of Human Rights, Ministry of External Affairs, Head of Police, Attorney General, and National Intelligence.
However, the future seems bleak for Doan Thai Huong’s future, who still stands accused for the murder despite Siti’s release.
Huong’s father, Doan Van Thanh expressed disappointment and called for his daughter’s release as well.
Written by: Willy Gunardi