SINDANGSARI - Shock and delight rippled through the Indonesian town of Sindangsari on Monday (March 11) as residents got word that a local woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother had been freed.
Reeling from the news, Ms Siti Aisyah's aunt geared up for a party to welcome back her 27-year-old niece, a year and a half after she went on trial in neighbouring Malaysia with the death penalty hanging over her head.
"Thank God. I want to say a thousand 'thank you's' if it's really true that she has been freed," Ms Aisyah's aunt Darmi, who goes by one name, told AFP.
"They should bring her here straight away because she's not guilty. We've heard the news and we're so happy. We're getting a celebration ready!
"Thanks to everyone who took care of my niece."
Ms Aisyah's parents were in the capital Jakarta on Monday to await their daughter's return, after a flurry of diplomatic efforts between the two Southeast Asian neighbours.