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Doan Thi Huong

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 17th April 2019.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Malaysian counterpart on the sentencing of Doan Thi Huong for her role in the murder of Kim Jong-nam.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

​We have closely followed the case of Doan Thi Huong in relation to her role in the murder of Kim Jong-nam. Murder charges in her case have been dropped after she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and she is expected to be freed by the Malaysian authorities in May 2019. The Foreign Secretary has not had discussions with his Malaysian counterpart on the legalities her specific case, however Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials in Kuala Lumpur continue to follow developments closely.

The UK supported the June 2018 Decision of the Conference of States Parties of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that condemned the use of the nerve agent VX in the attack in Kuala Lumpur in 2017. We have encouraged the Government of Malaysia to pursue a thorough investigation and to share information with the OPCW.

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