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Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese woman, was on Monday sentenced to 3 years and 4 months of imprisonment for the death of a man from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) at a Malaysian airport in 2017 after pleading to a lesser charge filed by the prosecutors.

The prosecutors alternated the charge to “voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means” as instructed by the Attorney-General from the murder charge, which carries mandatory capital punishment if convicted. Huong promptly pleaded guilty to the new charge and the judge sentenced her 3 years 4 months in prison.

The prison term would be counted from Feb. 15, 2017, the date she was arrested. Huong’s counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik told reporters that the defense team expected Huong would be released by the first week of May, with the two years already served and the remaining one-third granted remission.

In March, Malaysian prosecutors withdrew the murder charge against Siti Aisyah, the Indonesia woman who was charged together with Huong in the case. Siti Aisyah was released on March 11 but Huong’s application to have her murder charge dropped was rejected by the attorney-general.

Both women were accused of killing the DPRK man by smearing VX nerve agent on the man’s face at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in February 2017. They have both denied the charges previously.

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