A Vietnamese woman accused of killing Kim Jong-phái mạnh, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, has pleaded guilty to lớn a lesser charge of causing hurt by potentially deadly means.

A Malaysian court sentenced Doan Thi Huong to three years and four months in jail, starting from her arrest in February 2017.

Mr Klặng, the estranged half-brother of Kyên Jong-un, was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur Airport in 2017 in broad daylight, with the toxic nerve sầu agent VX.

"In the first week of May, she will go home," Ms Huong's lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik told reporters at the Shah Alam court, outside Malaysia's capital.

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"We have felt so thankful for all the tư vấn from the government, lawyers & communities," she said.

The judge's decision comes after Ms Huong's Indonesian co-defendant Siti Aisyah unexpectedly walked không tính phí last month, after intervention from Malaysia's Attorney General.

Ms Huong's hopes of a similar outcome were initially dashed on 14 March, when authorities rejected her request for the murder charge to lớn be dropped & said her trial would go ahead.

She cried in the courtroom, & told reporters: "Only God knows that we did not commit the murder. I want my family to pray for me."

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Image caption, On 14 March, Ms Huong's lawyer said she had been unable to lớn sleep since the unexpected release of her co-defendant, Siti Aisyah

Both women have always insisted they were innocent. They say they were tricked inlớn carrying out the killing - which involved smearing a lethal nerve sầu agent on the victim's face - and believed they were part of a reality TV prank.

The's South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head says Monday's verdict offers Malaysia a face-saving way out of an embarrassing murder trial, but will also be viewed by many as justice for the last remaining defendant.

However, it means neither defendant was able to testify & give sầu details of how they were brought into the plot, or who recruited them.

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Kyên ổn Jong-phái mạnh had been waiting khổng lồ board a flight from Kuala Lumpur khổng lồ Macau on 13 February 2017, when two women approached hyên ổn in the departure area.

Mr Kim died on the way to lớn hospital from what was later found to lớn be exposure lớn VX, one of the most toxic of all known chemical agents.

North Korea has fiercely denied any involvement in the killing, but four men - believed khổng lồ be North Koreans who fled Malaysia on the day of the murder - have sầu also been charged in the case.

They remain at large despite an Interpol "red notice", equivalent to lớn an international arrest warrant.