The stepmother of the Vietnamese woman accused of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged her to ‘be strong’.

Doan Thi Huong, 30, escaped the death penalty on Monday, after Malaysian prosecutors dropped a murder charge against her. She was offered an alternative charge of causing harm, which she pleaded guilty to. A judge sentenced her to more than three years in prison, though her lawyers said she could walk free as early as next month.

“She has withstood a few years already, now she can try for a month more,” Nguyen Thi Vy, Doan’s stepmother, said.

Huong and an Indonesian woman, Siti Aisyah, were charged with killing Kim Jong Nam by smearing his face with VX poison, a lethal chemical weapon, at Kuala Lumpur’s main airport in February 2017. Siti Aisyah walked free last month after prosecutors dropped the charge against her.

South Korean and American officials have said the North Korean regime had ordered the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, who had been critical of his family’s dynastic rule. Pyongyang has denied the allegation.

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