Mexican brothers lose Malaysia appeal against hanging
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia's appeals court on Wednesday upheld the convictions and death sentences of three Mexican brothers for drug trafficking, forcing them to appeal to the nation's top court as a last resort.
The brothers surnamed Gonzalez Villarreal - Luis Alfonso, 44, Simon, 37 and Jose Regino, 33 - were sentenced to hang by the Kuala Lumpur High Court last year for their part in a methamphetamine operation along with a Malaysian and a Singaporean.
The suspects were arrested at a factory in southern Malaysia in 2008, with police seizing almost 30kg of methamphetamine and chemicals used to produce the drug.
At the Court of Appeal, the brothers' lawyer argued that the alleged drugs used as evidence in their conviction had been altered by the passage of time before they were subjected to analysis by a chemist.