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Vietnam 'regrets' murder suspect not freed in Malaysia

AFP  |  Hanoi 

said Thursday it "regrets" the decision by Malaysian prosecutors not to release a Vietnamese woman accused of killing the half-brother of North Korea's and called for a fair trial.

Doan Thi Huong's request was rejected in a after her Indonesian co-accused Siti Aisyah was freed earlier this week.

The pair were on trial for the 2017 killing of Kim Jong Un's half-brother with a toxic nerve agent in a busy Kuala

Both have insisted they were tricked into the brazen attack and thought it was part of a TV show.

Following months of public silence, lobbied this week for Huong's release after Aisyah was unexpectedly freed on Monday.

"We regret the fact that the did not set free immediately," Vietnam's Le Thi Thu told reporters Thursday.

"We want to be tried fairly and objectively and for her to be freed," she added.

Vietnam's met with Malaysia's in Thursday after the ruling to discuss the case, said, without providing details.

Vietnam's both asked to set Huong free this week.

The trial was adjourned until April 1 after said Huong was not "physically and mentally" well enough to continue with Thursday's proceedings.

Huong broke down in tears after the decision was announced and told reporters "I am depressed. I am innocent... I want my family to pray for me." Her said they would push ahead with his bid to get the murder charge against her dropped when the trial resumes, and that she needed time to recover.

"She is not in the position to testify due to health conditions," said.

lobbied behind the scenes for Aisyah's release and Malaysia's agreed to free her citing "the good relations between our respective countries".

Malaysia's later said the decision was made in line with the rule of law and denied accusations of meddling.

Huong could face death by hanging if found guilty of murder.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 19:15 IST
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