Malaysia's highest court on Thursday upheld guilty verdicts and death sentences for three Mexican brothers, a Singaporean and a Malaysian convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine, the Jakarta Post reported.
The brothers -- Luis Alfonso, 47, Simon, 40, and Jose Regino, 37 – were arrested in March 2008 in an industrial building in southern Malaysia where police found 30 kilograms of methamphetamine and equipment for making drugs. The defendants included Singaporean citizen Lim Hung Wang, 56, and Lee Boon Siah, 51, of Malaysia.
The brothers insisted on their innocence, explaining they were working as cleaners and were unaware drugs were being made.
Drug trafficking convictions in Malaysia carry a mandatory sentence of death by hanging.
"Our decision is unanimous. Appeal dismissed against all five defendants. Conviction and sentence affirmed," Federal Court justice Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, speaking on behalf of a panel of judges, told the court in Malaysia's administrative capital of Putrajaya.
The Mexican foreign ministry has said it had expressed to Malaysian authorities for many times its objections to the death penalty.