Lai Seng Sin / Reuters Siti Aisyah was on trial for the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader.
The Indonesian woman accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been freed after Malaysian prosecutors declined to move forward with their case against her.
The US said Pyongyang had used the chemical warfare agent VX in the public assassination, for which Ms Aisyah and Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong were later charged with murder.
Following the dramatic decision to release Siti Aisyah, a defense lawyer asked for an adjourment in the case against Doan, 30, in order to submit a request that charges be dropped against her also.
Prosecutor Iskandar Ahmad said the discharge not amounting to acquittal means Ms Aisyah can be recharged but there are no such plans for now.
The trial will resume Thursday, with prosecutors expected to reply to a request by Huong's lawyers asking the government to similarly withdraw the charges against her.
While the court discharged Siti Aisyah from the case, it rejected her lawyer's request for her to be fully acquitted, as it said that the trial had already established a prima facie case and she could be recalled if fresh evidence emerges. "We will try to fly Siti back to Indonesia today or as soon as possible", he said.
Siti Aisyah cried and hugged her co-defendant, Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam, before leaving the courtroom. "Tears of joy", Gooi said.Читайте также: Labour Party could agree Brexit deal in weeks - finance chief McDonnell
Had she been found guilty, she would likely have faced the death penalty.
Both have denied murder, saying they thought they were part of a TV prank.
Prosecutors had previously argued that the duo were trained assassins who were aware of the toxicity of the substance they were handling, pointing to how both suspects headed to separate bathrooms immediately after the attack.
Huong's murder trial was put on hold after the surprise development.
Huong's Lawyer, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, said they will seek to postpone the trial. "I did not expect it", said Aisyah, who was wearing a red headscarf.
The pair has been on trial since October 2017 but proceedings have been hit by repeated delays, and Aisyah's defense - which was originally due to start past year - was on hold due to a row over witness statements before the surprise decision to free her on Monday.
It said Aisyah, a migrant worker, believed that she was part of a reality TV show and never had any intention of killing Kim.
The prosecution had moved to throw the case out in August past year, but the judge ruled that the women should testify.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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