At the very beginning of the case trail, the Sharjah Shariah Court, ordered death penalty for the 17 Indians. Even the victim's family was not ready for any kind of settlement. During the last hearing, on Wednesday, Dec 29, the family came up with the proposal.
In the case of the suspects failing to pay compensation, including 'diya" (blood money), the family wants them to be executed. The Sharjah court adjourned the next hearing to Feb 17, 2011.
The three-member court panel said that they would discuss the proposal with a representative of Indian Diplomat in Dubai and with the suspects family.
The official spokesperson of the defense team Mohammed Salman said that, if the suspects family would agree for the settlement, the suspects would face the minimum imprisonment of 3 years, instead of capital punishment.
However, the Indian Diplomat in Dubai refused to talk about the negotiations happening on the case and said, “we will fight for justice. Even the 17 Indian suspects are optimistic, till now there as been no evidence established related to the case. For now our lawyers are preparing for the next hearing, which is on Feb 17."
Earlier, Indian social activists said that, they are seeking help from business people and NGO's to push their case. They are raising money to pay the blood money on behalf of defendants and negotiating with the victim's family to arrive at a friendly settlement.