An Indonesian accused in the 2017 killing of the North Korean leader's half-brother was freed yesterday, as a Malaysian court dropped the murder charge against her.
Vietnam provided legal counsel to Huong, but has refrained from publicly lobbying for her release until yesterday. There is a right to withdraw the charge. That was what happened.
A smiling Siti Aisyah (27), who had been facing the possibility of a death sentence in Malaysia in the morning, was by evening rushed by officials through Jakarta's main airport to her emotional parents.
Laoly had written to Malaysia's attorney-general, laying the blame on North Korea.
"It was a political decision not to proceed".
When asked what was the first thing she wanted to do, she said: "I want to see my family". The foreign ministry said in a statement that she was "deceived and did not realise at all that she was being manipulated by North Korean intelligence".
Analysts said Aisyah's release was in part due to politics and the improved relations between Indonesia and Malaysia that have come since Mahathir Mohamad returned to the Malaysian premiership a year ago after the stunning election defeat of Najib Razak.
"The independence of the Attorney General Chambers (AG) and its prosecutors once again comes under disrepute", deputy MCA president Mah Hang Soon said in a statement. "The government can not interfere with the AG's power", Liew was quoted as saying by English-daily The Star online.
Meanwhile, Indonesia's Widodo met with the 27-year-old woman at Jakarta's presidential palace following her return.
Analysts say Malaysia risks creating a rift with Vietnam if it doesn't do the same for Huong. "It was a long journey, a constant and lengthy process", said Jokowi. "It's the result of the government's concern for its citizens", he added.
Huong's co-defendant, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, was freed on Monday after a Malaysian court dropped the charge against her.
Vietnam's Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh, who is also the foreign minister, spoke with Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah by telephone on Tuesday and discussed Doan Thi Huong's indictment in the alleged murder of Kim Chol among other bilateral issues.
Huong's trial is to resume Thursday, and prosecutors are expected to reply to a request by Huong's lawyers for the government to withdraw the murder charge against her as well.
The women's lawyers have presented them as scapegoats.
They stood accused of poisoning Mr Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - with liquid VX, a banned chemical weapon - in February 2017, Reuters reported. Four North Koreans fled Malaysia on the day of Kim Jong Nam's assassination, and authorities arrested only Aisyah and Huong. Pyongyang denies the accusation.