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5/3/2019 12:43:23 PM

Doan Thi Huong to return home after release

Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong was released from a women’s prison in Selangor state of Malaysia at about 7.10am (local time) on May 3 and received by a delegation of the Embassy of Vietnam in Malaysia.

Doan Thi Huong (centre) was escorted to leave Malaysia’s Shah Alam High Court on April 1 (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)

She has headed to the headquarters of the Malaysian Immigration Department in Butrasaya city after her release from prison.

Malaysia’s Shah Alam High Court (MLS) on April 1 sentenced 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, 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.

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

More than two years after her arrest, the 30-year-old former hair salon worker was freed from prison outside the Malaysian capital at about 7.10am, her lawyer told AFP.

Journalists waiting outside the jail saw a van and a car with tinted windows race past, and a court official at the scene also confirmed Huong had been released.

She was expected to head to an immigration office in administrative capital Putrajaya to sort out documentation, before flying to Vietnam in the evening./.

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