Siti Aisyah back in Indonesia, thanks president

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — An Indonesian woman has returned home and thanked the president and Cabinet ministers for securing her release from Malaysia, where she had been charged in the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother.

Malaysian prosecutors earlier Monday withdraw the murder charge against Siti Aisyah, allowing her to return to Indonesia. A Vietnamese woman remains on trial.

Aisyah, surrounded by government officials and a mob of reporters at Jakarta’s arport, struggled for words as journalists shouted questions. With a prompt from Indonesia’s law and human rights minister, she thanked the president.

Aisyah’s release is a boost for President Joko Widodo’s re-election campaign.

The two women were accused of smearing VX nerve agent on the face of Kim’s half brother, Kim Jong Nam, in an airport terminal.