Lawyer Gooi Soon Seng said he believed North Korean agents were responsible for the airport killing [Kate Mayberry/Al Jazeera]
Lawyer Gooi Soon Seng said he believed North Korean agents were responsible for the airport killing [Kate Mayberry/Al Jazeera]

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – An Indonesian woman accused in the killing of the North Korean leader’s half brother was released after the prosecutor withdrew the murder charge.

No reasons were given by the prosecution for its surprise decision on Monday to drop the murder case. An Indonesian diplomatic vehicle was seen carrying Siti Aisyah, 27, away from the court after a judge announced the discharge.

Siti’s lawyer Gooi Soon Seng said the woman was grateful that she’d been freed. “She is very happy. Anyone who has been incarcerated for two years … of course she cried. Tears of joy,” he said.

Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, 30, was also charged with Kim’s murder and remained in custody.

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The women were accused of killing Kim by smearing a toxic agent, known as VX, on his face while he was at Kuala Lumpur’s airport on February 13, 2017.

He was the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who reportedly had a falling out with the regime and lived in exile.

VX, or Venomous Agent X, is a deadly poison that was developed for chemical warfare and is considered a weapon of…