Malaysia released Siti Aisyah, an Indonesian woman on Monday after prosecutors withdrew the murder charge against her for the death of a man from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at a Malaysian airport in 2017.
In August 2018, a Malaysian court ruled that it had enough evidence against Indonesian national Siti Aisyah, 26, and Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong, 29, to charge them with killing Kim Jong-nam, and ordered the pair to enter their defence.
Salim Bashir, one of Huong's lawyers, earlier told the media that she will testify with the defense stage of proceedings.
Ms Aisyah's lawyer said: "We still truly believe she is merely a scapegoat, and she is innocent".
It said Aisyah, a migrant worker, never had any intention of killing Kim.
Meanwhile, the trial of Huong was put on hold. Defense lawyers have maintained that the women were tricked into becoming unintentional assassins as they were under the impression of playing a prank for reality TV shows.
A murder conviction carries a mandatory penalty of death by hanging in Malaysia.
But Huong ended up only reading the first three lines of her prepared testimony in a tearful and stuttering tone. "My mind is black", Huong told reporters after Aisyah was ushered away from the courtroom in an Indonesian Embassy vehicle Monday.
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Malaysian prosecutors have withdrawn the murder charge against the Indonesian suspect in the killing of the North Korean leader's half brother.
Siti headed back to the Indonesian Embassy, and plans to fly home to Indonesia tonight, embassy officials said.
Interpol had issued a red notice for four North Koreans who were identified as suspects by Malaysian police and had left the country hours after the murder.
When handing Aisyah over to her family, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the government worked to ensure she received a fair trial.
Aisyah arrived later Monday in Jakarta, where she was reunited with parents.
Meanwhile, Huong said she was shocked by the development.
The Indonesian foreign ministry said in a statement Aisyah was "deceived and did not realize at all that she was being manipulated by North Korean intelligence". It read, "Down with Kim Jong-un" and "Free North Korea. we are rising up!"
According to GQ, which reported extensively on the assassination, Aisyah and then Huong smeared the liquid across the member of North Korea's ruling family and then ran off into the crowd at the airport.