Court told of killing in busy Shar­jah mar­ket

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A gang of 20 men beat a shop owner to death us­ing knives and sticks, a court has heard. Three of the sus­pects ap­peared be­fore Shar­jah Crim­i­nal Court, while the other 17 did not show up. The sus­pects, 17 from Pak­istan, two men from Oman, and an­other from an un­spec­i­fied Arab coun­try, al­legedly mur­dered a shop owner and beat up an­other in a shop in Al Rolla Street, it is claimed. The in­ci­dent was sparked when one sus­pect tried to steal a watch. The shop owner saw the man, chal­lenged him and the pair fought. He gave the watch back but threat­ened the owner. Pros­e­cu­tors said: “The Pak­istani came back to the shop with the other men, all in their 20s, and beat to death the In­dian shop owner, 35, us­ing knives and sticks.” An In­dian shop worker was se­verely in­jured. One of the sus­pect’s lawyers said: “The victim’s fam­ily has ac­cepted blood money from the killers, avoid­ing the 20 sus­pects a po­ten­tial death sen­tence.”

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