The Federal Court has upheld the conviction and sentence of former lawyer N. Pathmanabhan and two of his farm hands in the murder of cosmetics millionaire Sosilawati Lawiya and her three aides.
The court, however, acquitted and discharged the fourth accused, R. Matan, due to insufficient evidence against him, reported The Star Online.
Pathmanabhan and three farm hands – T. Thilaiyalagan, R. Kathavarayan and Matan – were convicted and sentenced to death by the Shah Alam High Court on May 25, 2013, for the murders of Sosilawati, her driver Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, bank officer Noorhisham Mohamad and lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim.
Their conviction was upheld by the Court of Appeal in December 2015.
Sosilawati, Kamaruddin, Noorhisham and Ahmad Kamil were reported missing after going to a farm in Banting in 2010 for a land deal.