Open to appeal: UAE on 17 Indians in death row

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New Delhi, Apr 5: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has said that its legal system guarantees fair trial and the death sentence to 17 Indians is subject to appeal.

The UAE embassy in New Delhi said in a statement, "It has been following press reports with regard to convicted Indian nationals in Sharjah.

"Death penalty in UAE legal system is subject to appeal and cassation by the rule of law without any interference from the parties," the statement said.

"We fully trust our legal system and its procedures and we are sure that it will provide and guarantee a fair trial to the convicted," it said.

It also said that the UAE court provides lawyers for those unable to get legal help themselves and gives them the right to defend themselves in court.

Seventeen Indians were sentenced to death on Mar 29 by a Sharjah's shariah court for killing a Pakistani and leaving three others injured in an attack in 2009.

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