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Siti Aisyah cried and hugged her Vietnamese co-defendant, Doan Thi Huong, before leaving the courtroom and being ushered away in an embassy auto.

The Indonesian woman accused of using a lethal nerve agent to kill Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been freed after Malaysian prosecutors declined to move forward with their case against her.

The Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur, discharged Siti Aisyah without an acquittal after Malaysian prosecutors withdraw the murder charge without giving a reason.

In the first stage of the trial that ran until August a year ago, prosecutors presented their case.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah flew to Jakarta on a special aircraft arranged by the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

"She is entitled to the same kind of consideration as Aisyah", he said.

Indonesia's government said its continual high-level lobbying resulted in Aisyah's release.

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They both pleaded not guilty and had claimed they were duped by North Korean agents into thinking they were playing a harmless prank for a hidden-camera TV show.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi in a statement said Siti Aisyah's release was a "sweet" decision and good news for Indonesia after the woman's long ordeal. "I did not expect that today I would be released", Siti Aisyah said, adding that she was healthy and had been treated well in prison.

Prosecutor Muhammad Iskandar Ahmad told Reuters the decision to withdraw the charge against her was made based on "several representations", without elaborating.

Jong Nam fell out of favor with their father, former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, almost two decades ago and lived in self-imposed exile in the Chinese-controlled territory of Macau. With a prompt from Indonesia's law and human rights minister, she thanked the president and other officials for helping secure her release.

Two months later in August, a judge ruled there was sufficient evidence the suspects had engaged in a "well- planned conspiracy" with four DPRK citizens to murder the man, and ordered that the trial continues to the defense stage.

Four North Koreans - formally accused of the murder alongside the women - fled Malaysia shortly after the assassination.

Authorities believe that North Korean agents recruited Huong, who hails from Vietnam, while she worked at a bar in Hanoi.

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Immediately after, she was rushed to an elevator and escorted to an Indonesian embassy vehicle waiting outside the courthouse.

Malaysian government lawyers have unexpectedly dropped charges against an Indonesian woman accused of killing North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother. "I am innocent - please pray for me", she said.

Her trial continues on Thursday.

Doan's murder trial was suspended following Monday's surprise turn of events.

Siti Aisyah smiles as she leaves the Shah Alam Court, on March 11, 2019. The country recently welcomed North Korean leader Kim for an official visit and talks with American President Donald Trump.

Vietnam's Doan Thi Huong, 29, remains on trial for the murder of Kim Jong-Nam. But lawyers have consistently argued that they were merely used for the political assassination, which had clear links to North Korea. This means Aisyah has not been formally cleared of the charge and could in theory be arrested on suspicion of Kim's murder again.

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