UAE: 4 SPARED DEATH PENALTY AFTER VICTIMâ€™S KIN ACCEPT BLOOD MONEY
March 5, 2015: four Emirati men facing the death penalty for raping, killing and dismembering an Ethiopian maid were bailed after 200,000 dirham (54,448 USD) was paid to the victim's family that had accepted the blood money.
The Sharjah Appeals Court dropped the death penalty and reduced the prison sentence to three years each. The Emirati men, who have spent more than five years in jail, were released. The court earlier ordered an increase in the blood money payment to the victimâ€™s family from 100,000 to 200,000 dirham following an appeal from the family. In 2010, the Sharjah Court of First Instance issued the death penalty to A. M., 35, S. R., 32, H. A., 33, and A. J., 30, for raping and killing Khor Fakkan in what the Sharjah Police said it was one of the gravest crimes of its kind as it included rape, alcohol and murder.
According to court records, the four kidnapped the maid in Khor Fakkan, taped her mouth, pushed her into their Land Cruiser and took her to the desert in August 2009. They raped her in Khor Fakkan, dragged her into their vehicle again, before driving to Al Dhaid mountains where the act was repeated. Prosecutors said after raping her in Al Dhaid the men ran their SUV over her head and battered her with rocks before attempting to hide her body. (Sources: gulfnews.com, 08/03/2015)