Vietnam suspect gets mental health check after losing release bid

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – A Vietnamese woman accused of murdering the North Korean leader’s half-brother was given a mental health check-up yesterday, a day after she lost a release bid and broke down in a Malaysian court, her lawyer said.

Doan Thi Huong is on trial for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur airport assassination of Kim Jong Nam. Her Indonesian co-accused was released this week after prosecutors dropped a murder charge, but authorities on Thursday refused to do the same for Huong.

The 30-year-old was brought from prison to a Kuala Lumpur hospital in a van accompanied by several police cars and heavily armed officers wearing balaclavas, according to one of the officers escorting her. She left after about an hour.

“Our client Doan is stressed, she has been taken to a public hospital. She is undergoing a psychiatric assessment,” her lawyer Hisyam Poh Teh Peik told AFP.