By Ana Ruiz-puente For Mailonline and Reuters and Ap
Published: 09:32 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 09:35 BST, 3 May 2019
A Vietnamese woman who spent more than two years in a Malaysian prison on suspicion of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was freed on Friday, her lawyer said.
Doan Thi Huong, 30, was charged along with an Indonesian woman with poisoning Kim Jong Nam by smearing his face with nerve agent liquid VX, a banned chemical weapon, at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017.
Malaysian prosecutors dropped a murder charge against Huong last month after she pleaded guilty to an alternate charge of causing harm. The 30-year-old was sentenced to 40 months in prison from the day of her arrest and was released early for good behaviour.
She will return to Vietnam later on Friday, her lawyer, Hisyam Teh, told Reuters.
The Vietnamese smiled as she was escorted by Malaysian police officers at the Shah Alam High Court. Her release follows the one of her co-conspirator, an Indonesian woman, after both of them maintained they thought they were part of a reality prank show and did not know they were poisoning Kim
Doan Thi Huong, 30, has been released from a Malaysian prison two years after her arrest for the killing of the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un. The woman pleaded to lesser charges of causing harm after her defence maintained that her and her co-conspirator were pawns in an assassination orchestrated by North Korean agents.
Huong was taken into immigration custody immediately after her release from a women's prison, and was believed to have been taken to immigration headquarters in the administrative capital,