Indian to escape gallows in Kuwait

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Kozhikode, Mar 30 (UNI) An Indian facing gallows in Kuwait will be set free soon following timely intervention by the Centre, Union Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said today.

Talking to newspersons after visiting the parents of P Shoukath, sentenced to death by a Shariat Court in a murder case, he said the government was able to arrange Rs 20 lakh for securing his release from the jail.

As per the arrangement, the government would bear Rs ten lakh while two persons, who preferred anonymity would give Rs 5 lakh each, he said.

The compensation would be paid to the family of Nepali Jamuna Tapa, who was murdered at Kuwait in 2005, he informed.

Shoukath, a resident of Elathur in the district was sentenced to death after he was found guilty by a Shariat court in a murder case.

The family of the deceased had agreed to forgive Shoukath for payment of Rs 20 lakh as compensation as an alternative condition set by the court, he added.

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