SHAH ALAM (AFP) - An Indonesian lady accused of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother was freed Monday after Malaysian prosecutors dropped a homicide rate against her, in a shock choice a 12 months and a 1/2 after she went on trial.

Siti Aisyah smiled as she turned into ushered thru a % of reporters and right into a automobile outdoor the court, in which she have been on trial alongside a Vietnamese girl for the homicide of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017.

"I sense happy.

. I did now not recognize this may occur. I did not count on it," said Aisyah, who changed into carrying a pink headscarf.

It become a marvel circulate because the Shah Alam excessive courtroom, out of doors Kuala Lumpur, were due best to hear Huong’s testimony on Monday. Her lawyers stated they had been looking for an adjournment.

The ladies, in their 20s, had constantly denied homicide, saying they believed they have been taking element in a prank and have been tricked through North Korean agents into wearing out the bloodless battle-style hit using VX nerve agent.

Their lawyers had presented them as scapegoats, saying that government had been not able to seize the real killers.

four North Koreans -- officially accused of the murder along the women -- fled Malaysia quickly after the homicide.

surprise circulate 

The trial, which started out in October 2017, became because of resume Monday with the defence degree of court cases after a break of several months.

but at the begin of the hearing, prosecutor Muhammad Iskandar Ahmad asked that the murder charge against Aisyah be withdrawn and that she take delivery of a discharge.

He gave no reason for the request.

"Siti Aisyah is freed," decide Azmin Ariffin told the courtroom, as he accredited a request. "she can go away now."

Indonesian ambassador to Malaysia Rusdi Kirana informed journalists outside court docket: "we are thrilled with the courtroom selection. We are able to attempt to fly Siti returned to Indonesia today or as quickly as feasible."

Prosecutors had presented their case within the first degree of the trial. Witnesses defined how the victim -- the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong Un and once visible as inheritor obvious to the North Korean leadership -- died in discomfort shortly after being attacked.

In August, a choose dominated there was sufficient evidence the suspects had engaged in a "well-deliberate conspiracy" with the 4 North Koreans to homicide Kim, and ordered that the trial hold to the defence level.

South Korea has accused the North of ordering the hit, which Pyongyang denies.

A murder conviction carries a mandatory penalty of dying in Malaysia. The government has vowed to abolish capital punishment for all crimes, although parliament still needs to vote on converting the law.