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We are glad that Doan Thi Huong reunited with family: Ministry

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang expressed delight that Doan Thi Huong has been released and reunited with her family in Vietnam.

On April 1, Malaysia’s Shah Alam High Court (MLS) sentenced Doan Thi Huong to three years and four months imprisonment in connection with the death of a man holding a Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) passport with the name of Kim Chol at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017 after she pleaded guilty to the charge of causing injuries using dangerous means, instead of the initial charge of murder. The prison term was calculated starting from the time Doan Thi Huong was detained on February 15, 2017.

Huong’s lawyer Salim Bashir said after the trial that Huong was granted a remission of one third of her jail term for good behaviour.

Huong was set free on the morning of May 3. She took a flight from the Kuala Lumpur Airport afterwards and arrived at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport the same day.

Spokesperson Hang said: “We are glad that Vietnamses citizen Doan Thi Huong has been released and reunited with her family in Vietnam.”

“This outcome was contributed by continuous efforts of the Government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, relevant agencies and the Bar Federation of Vietnam as well as the Malaysian lawyers to protect Doan Thi Huong,” she said.

“We also acknowledge positive actions toward this end taken by the Malaysian relevant authorities in the recent time,” she added.