Burmese Migrants to Hang for Murder in Malaysia

Irrawaddy news, 6th Aug 2009,

KUALA LUMPUR — A Malaysian court on Thursday sentenced six Burmese immigrants to death for murdering a man in a gang fight, a lawyer said.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court found the men guilty of using a machete and a screwdriver to kill 21-year-old laborer Sadib Husin on June 26, 2005, said attorney AS Dhaliwal, who represents three of the accused.

The men had pleaded innocent, saying they were present during the street clash between rival Burmese gangs but were not involved in killing Sadib, Dhaliwal said.

Prosecution witnesses, including Husin’s brother, who was at the scene, testified that they saw the six men assaulting Husin.

The six will appeal, Dhaliwal said.

Malaysia has a mandatory death penalty for various offenses including murder, drug trafficking or crimes using firearms.

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