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When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many r…

10 Indian convicts get Ramadan pardon, saved from death penalty in UAE

Dubai courts
They will return home next week - three years ahead of their actual release date

Ten Indians, whose death sentence was commuted in 2017, will now return home next week - three years ahead of their actual release date - thanks to a Ramadan pardon they have received. 

The convicts were on death row in Al Ain for the murder of a Pakistani national Mohamed Farahan Mohamed Riyad. However, they were saved after an Indian expat paid blood money of Dh200,000 to the victim's kin in 2017.

And now, following the Ramadan pardon, the convicts - who were to serve three years in jail till 2020 - will walk home next week.

Last year, Indian expat SPS Oberoi, chairman of NGO Sarbat da Bhala, had paid the blood money to secure the release of the 10 Indians, all from Punjab. 

The convicts are: Satminder Singh, Chander Shekhar, Chamkor Singh, Kalwinder Singh, Balwinder Singh, Dharamivir Singh, Harijinder Singh, Tarsem Singh, Gurupreet Singh and Jagit Singh.

Oberoi told Khaleej Times that on Monday, the Al Ain court completed procedures to release the six convicts and the clearance papers of the remaining four will be done by next week. He added the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is preparing temporary passports and tickets to facilitate their travel to India after completion of the legal procedures.

The accused had killed the Pakistani national on July 12, 2015, during a group clash over bootlegging. The Al Ain Police arrested the accused on October 26, 2016.

The Al Ain court had convicted and awarded death sentence to all of them on December 7, 2016. The case was referred to Al Ain Court of Appeal on December 21, 2016. It was then that Oberoi moved a petition before the court requesting it to give him an opportunity to negotiate with the family of the victim by offering them blood money. Oberoi assigned the case to a lawyer, while sending his team to persuade the victim's family in Pakistan to pardon the accused.

Oberoi submitted the copy of the agreement on February 2, 2017. One of the victim's kin appeared before the court on March 22, 2017, and stated that the family was willing to pardon the 10 young Indians. The court accepted it.

Source: Khaleej Times, May 30, 2018


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