Kim Jong Nam suspect will be released in May, judge rules

Kuala Lumpur (dpa) - The Vietnamese suspect accused of murdering the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Nam will be released as early as May, after a Malaysian judge ruled Monday that her jail sentence would include the time she had already served.

Judge Azmi Ariffin on Monday sentenced Doan Thi Huong to three years and four months in prison, after she pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of "voluntarily causing hurt." 
However, the judge awarded her a remission of one third of the sentence, which cut her prison time by a third.
In addition, the judge decided the sentence would run from the time she was first remanded in prison from February 2017, which would allow her to be released as early as May. 
The 30-year-old Vietnamese had stood accused of assassinating Kim Jong Nam by smearing a deadly VX nerve agent on his face at a Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017, in a brazenly-executed attack that shocked the world. 

Monday, April 1st 2019

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