Mar 14, 2019

Woman accused of killing Jong-un's half-brother loses bid to be freed

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Malaysian prosecutors rejected early Thursday a request to free a Vietnamese woman accused of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Details: Kim Jong-nam died after having liquid VX nerve agent smeared in his face at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. Doan Thi Huong and her co-accused, Indonesian woman Siti Aisyah, deny killing him and say they believed they were part of a television prank. Aisyah was freed early on Monday Malaysia time. After it was confirmed Huong would remain in Malaysia, the judge said the defendant was not "physically and mentally" well enough to continue with the trial and adjourned the case until Apr 1, Channel NewsAsia reported.

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