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Woman accused of murdering Kim Jong-Uns half brother admits lesser charge

The only suspect in custody for the murder of Kim Jong Uns brother has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong, 30, was charged with killing Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13, 2017.

She faced the death penalty if she was found guilty but this is no longer on the table after she admitted voluntarily causing injury with a dangerous weapon – VX nerve agent.

SHAH ALAM, MALAYSIA - APRIL 1 : Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, as she smiles escorted by police after a court session for her trial at the Shah Alam High Court for murder case of Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's brother, on April 1, 2019 in Shah Alam, Malaysia. Malaysian prosecutors dropped a murder charge after she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of causing harm using dangerous means. Down Thi Huong from Vietnam had been accused of killing Kim Jong Nam by smearing VX nerve agent on his face at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) in 2017. (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong (C) as she smiles escorted by police after a court session for her trial (Picture: Getty Images)

FILE - This May 4, 2001, file photo shows Kim Jong Nam, exiled half brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, in Narita, Japan. Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong who is the only suspect in custody for the killing of the North Korean leader's brother Kim Jong Nam pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a Malaysian court Monday, April 1, 2019 and her lawyer asked for leniency. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

Kim Jong Nam in 2002 (Picture: AP)

The North Korean leaders exiled brother Mr Kim died after the nerve agent was smeared on his face as he was passing through the terminal.

The original charge had alleged Huong and another woman Siti Aisyah, from Indonesia, colluded with four North Koreans to murder him.

The women had said they thought they were taking part in a harmless prank for a TV show and their lawyers later claimed they were pawns in a political assassination with clear links to the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur,

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Huong was the only suspect in custody after the Malaysian attorney generals decision to drop the murder case against Aisyah on March 11 following high-level lobbying from Jakarta.

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Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong leaves Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, Malaysia, Monday, April 1, 2019. The Vietnamese woman who is the only suspect in custody for the killing of the North Korean leader's brother Kim Jong Nam pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a Malays</br><a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/01/woman-accused-murdering-kim-jong-uns-half-brother-admits-lesser-charge-9080574/><strong>Read More – Source</strong></a></p>
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Woman accused of murdering Kim Jong-Uns half brother admits lesser charge

The only suspect in custody for the murder of Kim Jong Uns brother has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong, 30, was charged with killing Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13, 2017.

She faced the death penalty if she was found guilty but this is no longer on the table after she admitted voluntarily causing injury with a dangerous weapon – VX nerve agent.

SHAH ALAM, MALAYSIA - APRIL 1 : Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, as she smiles escorted by police after a court session for her trial at the Shah Alam High Court for murder case of Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's brother, on April 1, 2019 in Shah Alam, Malaysia. Malaysian prosecutors dropped a murder charge after she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of causing harm using dangerous means. Down Thi Huong from Vietnam had been accused of killing Kim Jong Nam by smearing VX nerve agent on his face at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) in 2017. (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong (C) as she smiles escorted by police after a court session for her trial (Picture: Getty Images)

FILE - This May 4, 2001, file photo shows Kim Jong Nam, exiled half brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, in Narita, Japan. Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong who is the only suspect in custody for the killing of the North Korean leader's brother Kim Jong Nam pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a Malaysian court Monday, April 1, 2019 and her lawyer asked for leniency. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

Kim Jong Nam in 2002 (Picture: AP)

The North Korean leaders exiled brother Mr Kim died after the nerve agent was smeared on his face as he was passing through the terminal.

The original charge had alleged Huong and another woman Siti Aisyah, from Indonesia, colluded with four North Koreans to murder him.

The women had said they thought they were taking part in a harmless prank for a TV show and their lawyers later claimed they were pawns in a political assassination with clear links to the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur,

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Huong was the only suspect in custody after the Malaysian attorney generals decision to drop the murder case against Aisyah on March 11 following high-level lobbying from Jakarta.

MORE: Boy, 7, electrocuted outside pub while trying to get his football back

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong leaves Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, Malaysia, Monday, April 1, 2019. The Vietnamese woman who is the only suspect in custody for the killing of the North Korean leader's brother Kim Jong Nam pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a Malays</br><a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/01/woman-accused-murdering-kim-jong-uns-half-brother-admits-lesser-charge-9080574/><strong>Read More – Source</strong></a></p>
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