KUALA LUMPUR – Two Chilean tourists, sentenced to two years in prison for their role in the death of a Malaysian in 2017, were released on Wednesday from a detention center in Kuala Lumpur, but will not be able to leave the capital until the prosecution’s appeal is resolved.
Felipe Osiadacz, 27, and Fernando Candia, 30, were detained on Aug. 4, 2017 after killing a Malaysian during a scuffle in a hostel in Kuala Lumpur. They pleaded guilty to charges of culpable homicide.
The two men on Tuesday completed their reduced jail sentence, but will have to remain in the capital at least until a decision is taken on the appeal.
After being freed from a prison near Kuala Lumpur, they were taken to an immigration detention center in Putrajaya, where they spent one night while the authorities clarified their visa status.
They were received by Chilean and Spanish diplomats, as well as by Candia’s mother and brother, and by Osiadacz’s girlfriend. Osiadacz is also a Spanish citizen.
On Nov. 29, state prosecutors appealed the two-year jail sentence handed down to them on Nov. 15. The prosecution had offered to reduce the charges and argued for three years in prison.
The judge decided to reduce the punishment to two years, and the sentence was further cut by a third due to their good behavior and the time they spent in pre-trial detention.
The two maintain they acted in self-defense and were only trying to neutralize the attacker.
The victim, Yusaini Bin Ishak, died of asphyxia while under the influence of several drugs. The Chileans maintain that they did not know about the state of the man, according to trial statements.