Power to drop charges rests with AG, says law minister

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2019

He said the power is provided for in the Federal Constitution and the AG may dismiss any charge against any individual even if the proceeding for the said case is still ongoing.

South Korea has accused the North of ordering the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged relative of Kim Jong-un and once seen as heir apparent to the North's leadership.

"I am not angry at Siti", Doan told reporters in court through tears, adding that she was "traumatised". "Only God knows that we did not commit the murder". "Please call my father, call my family, and ask for them to pray for me".

On Monday, a murder charge was unexpectedly withdrawn against Siti Aisyah, and she flew back to Jakarta to a jubilant welcome. They did not offer any explanation but it followed intense lobbying from the Indonesian government.

On Thursday, the same court ruled that Doan's trial could proceed, but would be postponed until 1 April after she was declared "mentally and physically" unfit to testify.

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

Siti Aisyah smiles as she arrives from Malaysia at Halim Perdana Kusuma airport in Jakarta Indonesia
Siti Aisyah smiles as she arrives from Malaysia at Halim Perdana Kusuma airport in Jakarta Indonesia

A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother is expected to learn today whether she will be freed, days after the shock release of her Indonesian co-accused.

Both women were facing murder charges over the death of Kim Jong-nam. The women claimed they had no idea they had been groomed by North Korean agents to carry out the murder and thought they were taking part in a prank TV show. The men were suspected of being the masterminds behind the plot but fled Malaysia shortly after the assassination.

The trial began in October 2017 but there had been no hearings since August past year when the prosecution finished presenting its case.

Huong's legal team had petitioned prosecutors to release her on the same grounds as Aisyah, arguing it would be unfair to free one of the co-defendants but not the other.

Vietnam had increased pressure on Malaysia to release Ms Huong, with the country's foreign minister this week pressing his Malaysian counterpart on the issue and the justice minister writing to the attorney-general.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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