UAE COURT CONDEMNS NATIONAL FOOTBALLER TO DEATH
March 24, 2009: A court in the United Arab Emirates condemned to death a renowned footballer and two other men for stabbing a compatriot to death in a street fight.
Fayez Jomma, who once played for the UAE national team, his brother Mousa, and another footballer Mohammad Najeeb, were found guilty of killing the victim known only as J.J. with a sword and a knife, 7Days newspaper said.
Abdul Hamid al-Kumaity, the lawyer representing the victim's family, told the Gulf News that his clients were seeking one million dirhams (almost 272,000 dollars) compensation "for emotional, psychological and financial damages."
Kumaity told 7Days that the defendants were drunk when they ganged up on the victim near his home in the emirate of Sharjah in May, stabbing him in the face, neck and shoulders.
Jomma played for the national team three years ago and both he and Najeeb played for the Sharjah Football Club until the time of the killing, according to the Gulf News.
If the verdict is upheld, the defendants will be executed by a firing squad.
Jomma's lawyer Ismail al-Saffar told Gulf News he would appeal to the court to reduce the charge from premeditated murder.
The court handed jail sentences ranging from one to three years to six other defendants involved in the incident. (Sources: Afp, 25/03/2009)