JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Siti Aisyah, an Indonesian who’s being accused of killing Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother, was freed after two years custody. Judge decided to discharge not amounting to acquittal on the murder charge against Aisyah, said an official report today (03/11).
Aisyah’s trial at the Shah Alam Court of Justice in Selangor, Malaysia, was attended by Indonesian Ambassador for Kuala Lumpur, Director General of General Legal Administration of the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Director of Criminal Affairs of the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights, and Director of Indonesian Citizens Protection of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry.
After the court’s decision, official brought Aisyah to Indonesian Embassy for Malaysia. Soon after the return administration finished, Aisyah will fly to Indonesia.
“This release was based on the request of the Minister of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia to the Malaysian Attorney General. So that he decided to use his authority based on Article 254 of the Malaysian Criminal Procedure Code, namely not to proceed with the Siti Aisyah case,” according to Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry official statement today.
Indonesia explained several reasons for the Aisyah’s release request. Aisyah is certain that what she had done was a prank for reality show, and she never had an intention to murder Kim Jong Nam. Moreover, Aisyah had been manipulated and didn’t realize at all that she was being used by North Korean intelligences. And especially, Aisyah didn’t gain anything for what she had done.
Previously, lobby to release Aisyah was brought up in every bilateral meeting between Indonesia and Malaysia, including in top officials meeting.
Foreign Ministry said, Indonesia President Joko Widodo and Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad meeting in June 2018 in Bogor, West Java, and Indonesia Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly and Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad meeting in August 2018, in Putrajaya, Malaysia, were some of those meetings.
Aisyah, along with a Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong were accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam’s face in an airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur on February 13, 2017. They have said they thought they were taking part in a prank for a TV show. They had been the only suspects in custody after four North Korean suspects fled the country the same morning Kim was killed.
Before leaving the courtroom, Aisyah cried and hugged Huong. She then mentioned that she had only known Monday morning that she would be released.
“I am surprised and very happy. I didn’t expect it,” she said.
The trial will resume Thursday, with prosecutors expected to reply to a request by Huong’s lawyers asking the government to similarly withdraw the charges against her. Huong’s lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik said Huong felt Aisyah’s discharge was unfair to her as the judge last year had found sufficient evidence to continue the murder trial against them.
Written by Staff Editor, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org