Dubai, Mar 29: Seventeen Indians were sentenced to death by Shariah Court in Sharjah for killing a Pakistani man and injuring three others, a media report said.
According to Khaleej Times report, Judge Yousuf Al Hamadi sentenced the 17 men to death after all evidence showed they had knifed the Pakistani to death in Jan 2009.
The police had said the suspects had attempted to kill three other compatriots of the victim, but they managed to escape and were rushed to Kuwaiti Hospital for treatment.
Police said there was a turf dispute between members of rival gangs that sell illegal liquor in and around labour camps in the Al-Sajaa area of Sharjah.
According to the three Pakistanis who survived, 50 people set upon them with knives on that fateful day last year.
Police had rushed to the area and arrested the 17, who had allegedly led the attack. The others were let off due to lack of evidence.
During court hearings, all the suspects confessed they had fought with and murdered the victim.
The sentences marked the highest number of death penalties handed down at one time in the emirate.