The High Court judge discharged Aisyah without an acquittal on Monday after prosecutors applied to drop the murder charge against her.
A court in Malaysia unexpectedly dropped a murder charge against Siti Aisyah on Monday, two years after Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader, was poisoned in a Kuala Lumpur airport terminal.
Judge Azmi made the decision after the prosecution, led by deputy public prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad, withdrew the charge against Siti Aisyah, in accordance with Section 254 (1) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC). Both women deny murder, saying they were tricked into smearing nerve agent across Kim's face by North Korean spies who posed as hosts of a prank-based television show. "I did not know this will happen".
"Siti Aisyah is freed", judge Azmin Ariffin told the court, as he approved a request. He lived in exile.
Huong's lawyer, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, said they will seek to postpone the trial.
Aisyah was quickly ushered out of the court building in an embassy vehicle.
Officials said she was expected to fly back to Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, later Monday.
In August past year, the High Court judge determined that the prosecution had established a prima facie case against the women based on the testimony of 34 witnesses and airport security camera footage, and ordered them to mount a defense against what he said was a "well-planned conspiracy" hatched with the four North Korean suspects. "I didn't expect it".
Aisyah thanked Widodo and his government for helping secure her release. While some reports state that due to this surprise development, Doan's trial has been put on hold, others state that her trial will take place this Thursday (14th March).
The trial of two Southeast Asian women charged with murdering Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader's half brother, resumed Monday after months of delay, with the Vietnamese suspect taking the stand to begin her defense. "I am innocent - please pray for me", the 30-year-old said.
The attention on the embassy subsided once the North Korean Ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol was expelled from the country in March 2017, following his comments that the police was conspiring with "hostile forces" during the investigation.
"The logo on the North Korean embassy's wall resembles that of the Cheollima Civil Defense Force - the group that sent me a video of #KimJongNam's son, claiming they had helped him and his family get protection".
"We still believe that she was merely a scapegoat", Siti Aisyah's lawyer, Gooi Soon Seng, told reporters.
Aisyah and Huong were charged with murdering Kim Jong Nam shortly after his death in February 2017, and faced the death penalty if convicted.