1st LD Writethru: Request to drop charge against Vietnamese defendant in DPRK man's murder case rejected

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SHAH ALAM, Malaysia, March 14 (Xinhua) -- The Malaysian attorney-general has rejected the request to drop the charge against Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese woman, for the death of a man from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at a Malaysian airport in 2017, a court was told here on Thursday.

Huong's counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik told the court that he was disappointed by the decision of the attorney-general.

The lawyer described the decision as unfair and biased, as the two women had faced the same charges.

"She is a scapegoat, her case is completely the same as Siti Aisyah, no differences," he told reporters after the hearing.

"We ran the same defense, she had no knowledge or intent. Siti Aisyah could be released, so why Doan (could not)."

The judge granted a request by the defense applied for the case to be postponed to April 1.

Teh explained that this was for Huong to receive medical treatment as she was distressed since Monday, and was only able to sleep one hour per day.

He added that the request was also in part to allow the Vietnamese and Malaysian government to discuss Huong's case and an appeal by Vietnamese side to have the charges dropped.

The request to drop the murder charge against Huong came after Malaysia on Monday released Siti Aisyah, an Indonesia woman who was charged together with Huong in the case.

Malaysian prosecutors withdrew murder charge against Aisyah over the death of the victim.

On Tuesday, Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh called his Malaysian counterpart on Tuesday, asking for Huong's release as well, according to Vietnamese media. Enditem

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