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Of­fen­sive com­ments led to killing

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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.

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