Kids ac­cept blood money

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The chil­dren of a woman who was killed by their fa­ther, with help of his first wife, have par­doned him in re­turn for blood money.

The Emi­rati hus­band and his first wife are on trial at Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court, charged with beat­ing and starv­ing the man’s sec­ond wife to death.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the Emi­rati man re­peat­edly beat the woman with a solid ob­ject. He is also ac­cused of burn­ing her body and de­priv­ing her of food for days.

His first wife is ac­cused of help­ing. Pros­e­cu­tors said the pair also sys­tem­at­i­cally tor­tured the vic­tim’s two chil­dren – a boy and a girl – who was left dis­abled as a re­sult of the abuse. The woman con­fessed to tor­tur­ing the two chil­dren.

The lawyer rep­re­sent­ing the two chil­dren pre­sented a let­ter to Chief Jus­tice Idris bin Man­sour show­ing that the chil­dren have waived their rights against ret­ri­bu­tion and de­cided to par­don their fa­ther, and his first wife, in re­turn for blood money.

The lawyer also asked the court to make the woman pay dam­ages to the chil­dren for tor­tur­ing them and caus­ing them per­ma­nent dis­abil­i­ties.

Po­lice of­fi­cers ear­lier told the court they had found the de­fen­dant’s sec­ond wife dead dur­ing a raid on the man’s prop­erty in Baniyas in Abu Dhabi in 2014 af­ter a tip-off.

“The woman died be­cause of ex­ces­sive beat­ings and tor­ture. She also suf­fered from mal­nu­tri­tion,” said pros­e­cu­tors.

The hus­band con­fessed to pros­e­cu­tors that he had beaten the vic­tim with his hands, as well as kick­ing and hit­ting her with a cane dur­ing their six year mar­riage.

The trial was ad­journed to Oc­to­ber 16.

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