Official clarifies legal protection for murder suspect in Malaysia hinh anh 1Suspect Doan Thi Huong (Source: AFP)
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam has asked for Malaysia’s cautious, fair and indiscriminate approach to taking legal proceedings against Doan Thi Huong - a suspect in the death of Democratic People’s Republic of Korean citizen Kim Chol in Malaysia, ensuring her legitimate rights and interests. 

Deputy Director General of the Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department Bui Quoc Thanh told the media on April 12 that since the case occurred on February 13, the ministry has directed the Vietnamese embassy in Malaysia and other agencies to seek defence lawyers for Huong.

On March 29, the Vietnam Bar Federation (VBF) in coordination with the embassy hired Malaysian nationals Hisyam Teh Toh Teik and Naran Singh to defend the suspect in court. They will be supported by four other associates.

The VBF also assigned three leading Vietnamese lawyers to assist their Malaysian counterparts during the process.

On April 12, Doan Van Thanh, father of Huong, visited her in prison. Following the visit, the embassy informed that Huong is still in good health and together with her father, she extended thanks to the embassy for its support to the visit.

During working sessions between relevant Vietnamese agencies and Malaysian lawyers, both Vietnamese and Malaysian lawyers expressed their belief that Huong will be acquitted and they are collecting evidence to submit to the court.

About specific measures to protect Huong’s interests, Thanh said the ministry along with the VBF and embassy in Malaysia will attend hearings, working sessions and make consular visits to her to closely follow the legal proceedings.

In the home country, the ministry will also partner with departments, agencies and the VBF to track the case, he added.-VNA