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Vietnam woman in N Korea murder case has release bid rejected

AFP  |  Shah Alam 

A Vietnamese woman charged with assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother lost her bid for immediate release authorities refused to drop a murder charge, days after her Indonesian co-accused was freed.

"In reference to the representation submitted on March 11 to the honourable attorney-general, we got an order to proceed with the case," told the in Shah Alam, outside

Doan Thi Huong, 30, has been on trial for a year and a half over the 2017 assassination of at airport that shocked the world.

She sobbed in the dock as the was announced, and tearfully told reporters: "I am not angry that has been freed. Only God knows that we did not commit the murder.

"I want my family to pray for me."

The Indonesian woman accused alongside her -- Aisyah -- was unexpectedly released Monday after prosecutors withdrew the murder charge against her. They did not offer any explanation but it followed intense lobbying from the

said Huong was not "physically and mentally" well enough to continue with the trial on Thursday, and adjourned proceedings until April 1.

Vietnamese to Malaysia, Le Quy Quynh, told AFP at the court: "I'm very disappointed that the court did not free Doan.

"We will request to be fair and to release her as soon as possible.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 09:10 IST