KUALA LUMPUR – Two Chileans accused of murder in Malaysia, an offense punishable by the death penalty, pleaded for love and support in statements to the media as their trial continued on Friday.
Felipe Osiadacz, a 27-year-old engineer, and Fernando Candia, a 30-year-old chef, who have pleaded not guilty, were arrested a year ago for allegedly killing a man while on vacation in Malaysia.
They have denied the charges, saying they were acting in self-defense.
“We are innocent. We only held down the hands and feet (of the victim). Until the police arrived, we did not know what had happened. That’s when we started crying because we understood the seriousness of the situation,” Candia said during a break in the trial.
At Friday’s hearing, the judge rejected a request by the prosecution to submit new documentary evidence, and an ambulance paramedic testified that the victim was already dead when he arrived at the scene.
The defendants’ lawyers, Venkateswari Alagendra, said she would request that the court dismiss the case once the prosecution’s arguments conclude on Oct. 9.
“Now, more than ever, we need the support, love and good energy so that everything goes in our favor,” Candia said.
The defendants have pleaded not guilty to murder after a Malaysian man followed the pair back to their hostel demanding money from them.
He died in the ensuing scuffle, with the accused saying they were defending themselves.
On Monday, forensic experts who said that the man was under the influence of several drugs when he died have been called to testify.