‘No blood money – we want death’

Vic­tim’s son in­sists on tough­est penalty

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Is­mail Se­bug­wawwo @is­mailsebu is­mail@7days.ae

A lorry driver who mur­dered a busi­ness­man in re­venge for or­der­ing the killing of his brother more than six years ago faces ex­e­cu­tion after the vic­tim’s son in­sisted on the death penalty.

Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court yes­ter­day handed down the death sen­tence to the 38-year-old Pak­istani man after he was found guilty of pre­med­i­tated mur­der of the busi­ness­man.

“The killer should be given the death sen­tence for what he did to my fa­ther,” the son told Chief Jus­tice Idris bin Man­sour.

“We shall not ac­cept blood money from him.”

The court ear­lier heard that the man tracked down his vic­tim, a 67-year-old Pak­istani, and drove into him with his lorry, crush­ing the man as he stood against his car in the Bani Yas area.

The lorry driver also ad­mit­ted to po­lice that he re­versed then re­peat­edly drove over the man be­fore setting fire to him and his car. He then fled the scene. The in­ci­dent oc­curred in Septem­ber 2015.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the man told them he mur­dered the Pak­istani vic­tim to avenge his brother, who he said was killed by the vic­tim in Pak­istan more than six years ago. But in court, the lorry driver re­tracted his pre­vi­ous state­ment, deny­ing he mur­dered the busi­ness­man. He told the court at a pre­vi­ous hear­ing that the busi­ness­man and his car ac­ci­den­tally caught fire when the de­fen­dant lit a cig­a­rette as the vic­tim opened a bot­tle con­tain­ing a flammable liq­uid to cool his car en­gine. And in a re­cent hear­ing, the vic­tim’s son re­jected blood money and in­sisted on the death penalty for the killer of his fa­ther. A death sen­tence can be ap­pealed within 14 days after a rul­ing has been is­sued.

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