The appeals court in Malaysia has upheld the convictions and death sentences of three Mexican brothers for drug trafficking, leaving them no other option but to appeal to the country’s top court as a last resort.
The three were convicted and sentenced to hang by the Kuala Lumpur High Court last year for taking part in a methamphetamine operation along with a Singaporean and a Malaysian.
They were arrested in 2008 in a factory in southern Malaysia when police seized nearly 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of methamphetamine and chemicals used in producing the drug.
The brothers are Jose Regino, 33, Simon, 37, and Luis Alfonso, 44. Their surname is Gonzalez Villarreal.
Kitson Foong, the brothers’ lawyer, argued at the Court of Appeal that the drugs used as evidence in their conviction had been altered by the passage of time before they were analyzed by a chemist.
But the appeal was dismissed, forcing them to appeal to the federal court as a last resort.
“I raised nine other points. The appeal will be filed ASAP,” the attorney told AFP.
The Mexican foreign ministry responding by saying it regretted the decision, while expressing its “full respect for Malaysia’s domestic laws.”
The three brothers are believed to be the first Mexicans sentenced to death in Malaysia for drug trafficking.
The trio has claimed they were merely workers taken to the factory premises to clean them and were unaware of any illegal activity.
Hundreds of prisoners, both Malaysians and foreigners, are on death row in Malaysia, mostly for drug convictions.
The crime of drug trafficking carries a mandatory death sentence in Muslim-majority Malaysia, though executions are not announced publicly and activists believe few have been hanged in recent years.