Malaysian Attorney General Tommy Thomas said prosecutors dropped the charges against Siti Aisyah, 26, in response to lobbying from the government of her native Indonesia, which asked for her release at every meeting with Malaysian officials.
The 27-year-old Indonesian woman, Siti Aisyah, has been behind bars for two years on charges of poisoning Kim Jong-Nam at Kuala Lumpur's airport on February 13, 2017, with the toxic nerve agent VX, an internationally-prohibited chemical weapon.
Four North Koreans, believed to be the plot's masterminds, fled Malaysia after the murder and remain at large.
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In her defense, Siti said that some people - who she thinks were Korean or Japanese - paid $90 for a "prank" to be aired in a TV show.
Once the court released her, Siti Aisyah, wearing a black traditional Malay dress and headscarf, was rushed to the Indonesian embassy, where she spoke briefly with journalists.
"I feel very happy". They have gone through the proceedings and the charge was being withdrawn, so this is being done according to the law. No reason was given.
Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a hearing at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 11, 2019 during trial for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
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The court rejected her lawyer's request for a full acquittal, as it said the trial had already established a prima facie case and she could be recalled if fresh evidence emerged.
"I believe that my daughter will be released too because she is innocent".
Left to stand trial by herself after Siti Aisyah's release, Huong was still sobbing as she prepared to take the stand on Monday at the start of her defence.
Prosecutors are expected on Thursday to reply to a request by Huong's lawyers for the government to withdraw the murder charge against her as well.
"Where is the principle of equality?"
"Until today, we do not know what were the exceptional circumstances that were needed for the attorney-general to review the charge against Siti Aisyah".