KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court has convicted three Mexican brothers and two other people and sentenced them to be hanged for drug trafficking.
Judge Mohamad Zawawi Salleh in the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled Thursday the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt and imposed the sentences. The other defendants are a Singaporean and a Malaysian.
The Mexicans are from Sinaloa state, the cradle of their country’s drug trade, but have no criminal record at home. They were arrested in 2008 at a secluded drug-making factory in Malaysia where police found more than 29 kilograms (63 pounds) of methamphetamine worth 44 million ringgit ($ 15 million).
The men are allowed to appeal the verdict.