KUALA LUMPUR – Two Chilean tourists were sentenced to two years in prison for murdering a man in a hotel in Malaysia after they pleaded guilty to reducing costs which were not as big as murder.
Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali sentenced Fernando Esteban Candia Olcay, 30, and Felipe Andres Osiadacz Sanhueza, 27, on Thursday, Bernama reported.
They were accused of killing Yusaini Ishak, 28, at the Kuala Lumpur hotel on August 4 last year, less than 24 hours after arriving in Malaysia. They have pleaded not guilty to murder, which carries the death penalty, although the government has said its plan to abolish the death penalty.
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Malaysian men, who were described in court as drug addicts, broke windows and tried to attack Chileans with glass before they subdued them. Isaac died of a heart attack during the struggle. A toxicologist told prosecutors that Isaac had drugs in his urine and blood.
Defense lawyers argued that the dead man tried to "extort" money from the Chileans, and that they acted in self-defense.
"It will be in the public interest to send them back. They are victims of circumstances. They were attacked first, "said the lawyer defending Venkateswari Alagendra.
Before the verdict was read, Osiadacz tearfully apologized to the dead man's family and expressed remorse.
"I want to apologize to his family. I have a plan to go and live in Spain with my beautiful girlfriend. We are not criminals, "he said.
The two Chileans could get out of prison at the end of the year, according to Venkateswari.
"My client is happy … very happy. They have to go home before Christmas because they will enjoy an eight-month discount, "he told reporters.
Prisoners in Malaysia can get a third of their sentences for good behavior.
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