Wednesday, January 30, 2013

UAE: Family pardon saves killer from execution

January 28, 2013: A man who killed his colleague and was sentenced to death, had his capital punishment verdict quashed by Abu Dhabi Court of Appeals, as the heirs of the victim pardoned him and gave up their rights.

The Court handed down the Asian defendant three years in jail for murder. He will be deported after serving his jail term.

“The litigation process, which continued for three years, had helped in dissipating the anger of the victim’s heirs, leading them to surrender their right for punishment.

Over the past years, which followed the crime, they were overwhelmingly determined to mete out the execution, and had demanded repeatedly to the court to urgently implement the verdict,” the Judicial Department of Abu Dhabi said.

According to court records, the defendant had been convicted of stabbing his colleague multiple times, causing him to suffer 33 stab wounds.

The defendant also suffered a deep cut on his palm during the physical assault.

Source: khaleejtimes.com, January 28, 2013