Kim Jong-nam Assassination: Second Suspect Pleads to Avoid Execution
On Monday, Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong, the second suspect in the murder of Kim Jong-nam, pleaded for a lesser punishment at Shah Alam High Court in Malaysia to escape death penalty. The court released the first suspect Siti Aisyah on March 11 after being held for two years on suspicion of killing Jong-nam.
Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was once considered as an heir to the North Korean leadership until he fell out of favour.
The suspects were charged with the murder of Kim Jong-nam at the Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. Both women denied the murder with an explanation that the North Korean agents tricked them. They were unaware of the chemical agent in the spray and thereby sprayed on Jong-nam’s face as they considered it a prank for a TV show.
It was later tested and concluded that Kim Jong-nam was hit using VX Nerve agent, which was banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention. The four North Korean agents suspected of being the mastermind behind the attack, fled from Malaysia soon after the assassination.
Despite her denial of the murder, Doan Thi Huong’s plea to drop out of the charge was completely rejected by the Malaysian court. This was a shocking decision for all, as the attorney-general earlier withdrew the charge against her Indonesian co-defendant, Siti Aisyah.
Thereby, Huong agreed to accept a lesser charge on Monday, where she claimed that she purposely caused injury to Kim Jong-nam using dangerous means. The maximum punishment for this charge is 10 years of imprisonment. However, her lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik stated that there are chances that she may be released by the first week of May.
The only question is if Huong also walks out freely like Siti Aisyah, then who will face the real charges for the murder of Kim Jong-nam?
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