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Kim Murder Case: Vietnam Accused To Be Freed In May

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Kuala Lumpur: A Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong, accused of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half brother Kim Jong-nam, will be released on May 3, her lawyer said on Saturday. Malaysian prosecutors had earlier this month offered to ease the murder charge against Doan, following the release of her co-accused Indonesian national Siti Aisyah, in March. Doan was sentenced to three years and four months in jail on April 1, after pleading guilty to an alternative charge offered by prosecutors from the previous murder charge, which carried mandatory capital punishment if convicted, Xinhua news agency reported. Doan’s lead counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik said at that time she would be released by the first week of May, with the two years already served, counting from her arrest on February 15, 2017, and the remaining one-third granted remission. (IANS)

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