Indians on death row in UAE refuse settlement proposal

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Dubai, Dec 31 (ANI): A proposal to settle the case involving seventeen Indians, who have appealed the death penalty for killing a Pakistani in Sharjah has been refused.

According to their lawyer, the family of the Pakistani man told the court that they were ready to accept compensation, but defendants refused because justice was on their side.

The court has fixed February 17, as the next date for hearing during which more witnesses have been asked to attend.

In January 2009, the Sharia Court of Sharjah had pronounced death sentence for all the 17 accused finding them guilty of involvement in liquor trade and engaging in a deathly brawl, which also four others injured.

During the previous hearing, the defense was prepared to cross-examine the evidence that the prosecution was to bring to the court but that didn't materialize.

Instead a CD containing the reconstruction of the scene of the crime was provided. However, the police officials that were supposed to be present in the court did not show up.

The court has asked the prosecution to ensure the presence of witnesses, including a Sharjah police personnel who prepared the report which formed the basis of conviction. (ANI)

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