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UAE: MAJOR RELIEF FOR 17 INDIANS; COURT QUASHES DEATH SENTENCES

July 5, 2014: Seventeen Indians, who were sentenced to death in UAE in March this year, received a big reprieve ahead of the New Year when an appeals court judge overturned their sentences. “It’s going to be hard for this court to uphold a death sentence for any of the suspects on this evidence,’’ Judge Abdullah Yousef al Shamsi said after hearing evidence from two police officers at the Sharjah Court of Appeals.
‘’For every lawyer’s question they have replied, ‘We don’t know’, or ‘We don’t have it,’’ the judge said, according to the ‘National’  daily.
He set aside the death sentences on the Indians, who had been convicted of murdering a Pakistani, when a representative of the deceased’s family said they would accept financial compensation.
There was jubilation among them in the dock when a translator told them the judge’s decision. Judge al Shamsi asked guards to  take them away and let them celebrate in their cells.
The Indians were found guilty in March of beating Misri Nazir Khan to death and injuring three others during a fight over bootlegged alcohol in the Saaja industrial area of Sharjah in January 2009.  The counsel for 16 of the 17 Indians also welcomed the ruling. Another defence lawyer Hannah al Shahba criticised the lack of concrete evidence against them. ‘’A death sentence is too big for 17 people without enough evidence,’’ she said.
‘’If this sentence had not been overturned, it would have given a bad reputation to the judicial system.’’
Seventeen Indians, on a death row in the UAE for killing a Pakistani man had turned down an offer to pay blood money under a proposed settlement to escape  the noose, claiming they were innocent. Blood money is paid to the next of kin of a murder victim as a fine.
The convicted Indians spurned a proposal to settle the case by paying blood compensation to the family of the Pakistani man, who was hacked to death in Sharjah in a brawl to sell illicit liquor.
The lawyer of the Indians, Ms Bindu Suresh Chettur said “the family of the Pakistani man told the court that they were ready to accept compensation including blood money but we refused because justice is on our side.” (Sources: navhindtimes.in, 06/ 07/2014)

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SRI LANKA: FOREIGN COUPLE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
MALAYSIA: NIGERIAN STUDENT SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
CALIFORNIA: FEDERAL JUDGE RULES DEATH PENALTY UNCONSTITUTIONAL
EGYPT: TEENAGER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER AND RAPE
USA: INSPECTOR GENERAL'S REPORT FAULTS FBI REVIEW OF DEATH PENALTY CASES
NIGERIA: OGWUCHE, NYANYAN BLAST MASTERMIND, EXTRADITED FROM SUDAN
NIGERIA: FATHER SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING
SRI LANKA: 5 SENTENCED TO DEATH BY NUWARA ELIYA HIGH COURT
SOMALIA: ALLEGED AL-SHABAAB MEMBERS EXECUTED
TANZANIA: CONVICT’S DEATH SENTENCE REDUCED TO FIVE-YEAR TERM
INDIA: SC BLOCKS DEATH OF TWO IN DEC 16 GANG-RAPE
RUSSIA: FEWER CITIZENS SUPPORT DEATH PENALTY
PAKISTAN: BLASPHEMY ACCUSED SENTENCED TO DEATH
SOMALIA: AL SHABAAB EXECUTE TWO YOUNG MEN IN BARAWE
IRAQ: SECURITY FORCES ACCUSED OF EXECUTING PRISONERS
CHINA COMMUTES BUSINESSWOMAN'S SENTENCE TO LIFE
EGYPT: HAMBOULY’S DEATH SENTENCE SENT TO GRAND MUFTI
FLORIDA (USA): EDDIE DAVIS EXECUTED
SRI LANKA: HRC RECOMMENDS GOVERNMENT TO COMMUTE DEATH SENTENCES
MALAYSIA: SHOPKEEPER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER OF FRENCH TOURIST IN TIOMAN ISLAND
MALAWI WILL NOT ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY, UN TOLD
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PHOTOS OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENTAL CONFERENCE AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY
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SUDAN: 12 SLM-AW REBELS SENTENCED TO DEATH IN CENTRAL DARFUR
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