Village people promise big line-up
Offensive comments led to killing
A man has admitted fatally stabbing his friend after the man, whom he invited over for lunch, made offensive comments in front of his wife and children.
Abu Dhabi Criminal Court heard how the Arab man had welcomed his friend to join him and his family at their home, but that a row was sparked after the friend made unspecified insulting comments.
“An argument then broke out between the two friends, which resulted in a fight,” said prosecutors.
“The man then stabbed his friend in the stomach using a kitchen knife.”
Officers said the victim was rushed to hospital after being attacked but later died.
Prosecutors charged the man with murdering his friend.
In court, the defendant denied the charge, stressing that he attacked his friend in self defence but he never intended to kill him. A UAE and United States centre that tackles extremism on social media is to run a campaign in the coming days highlighting the families that have been torn apart because their sons have been tempted to join ISIS. The three-day campaign will be conducted by the Sawab Centre in Arabic and English on Sawab’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and will employ the hashtag #YourFamilyIsYourLife. UAE news agency WAM quoted the centre as saying: “As Daesh continues its steady retreat on the battlefield, the group has left in its wake countless families that have been damaged by the terrorist group’s brutal tactics. By Ismail Sebugwaawo
“I had a fight with my friend after he insulted me in front of my family,” said the man. “It was out of anger. “During the fight, my friend took a knife from the table and wanted to attack me with it.”
The man said he managed to grab the knife from the victim but accidentally stabbed him with it during the scuffle.
“It was just an accident as I was defending myself,” he said. “I never intended to hurt or kill my friend.”
His lawyer argued that the man should be charged with assault leading to death as he was defending himself when the victim died.
The trial was adjourned until November. “In areas under the group’s control in Syria, Iraq and Libya, Daesh has kidnapped and enslaved young girls, forcefully separated mothers from their children and conscripted young boys to serve as cannon fodder and suicide bombers. “Beyond these areas, the group has sought to dupe young men and women and lure them away from their families with the promise of an idealised life which never materialises.” Through videos and graphics, the Sawab Centre’s campaign will highlight examples of how ISIS has torn the fabric of the family and “infiltrated the home, usually via the internet”. Global Village is back for its 21st season with a host of new attractions, including stunt shows and weekly concerts. The Middle East’s most popular cultural festival launched its new season on Tuesday night with a sneak peak of what’s on offer ahead of the opening on Tuesday, November 1. Ahmed Hussein bin Essa, CEO of Global Village, said the open-air park will showcase cultures from 75 countries – including some making their Global Village debut – spread across 30 pavilions, as well as a host of new attractions. “This season will host more entertainment shows on an international scale that are sure to please our guests,” bin Essa said. “There’s more participation from different countries with the inclusion of new pavilions such as the Far East pavilion representing Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and the Philippines. “Global Village hopes to provide its guests with a more diverse cultural experience. “Last year we had a business transaction of Dhs 2.2 billion and were expecting this season will be a 5 per cent increase in that,” Bin Essa added. Among the new attractions this year is the new Stunt Arena, concerts every Friday featuring international music icons such as Nancy Ajram and Cheb Khaled.