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Prostitutes jailed for Dubai murder lose appeal for early release

Two prostitutes jailed for life for a murder in 1998 have lost their appeal for early release.

DUBAI // Two prostitutes jailed for life for murder have lost their appeal for early release.

EP, 26, from Kazakhstan, and MM, 21, from Uzbekistan, have served 15 of their 25-year sentences for premeditated murder.

They were jailed in 1998 along with MM's boyfriend, AR, 20.

Their victim, Elena Babej, had brought them to the UAE, taken their passports and most of their income from prostitution.

The trio plotted to kill her and murdered her on March 25, 1998.

MM and her boyfriend entered Babej's room while she was asleep and took turns holding a pillow over her head to silence her screams while the other stabbed her. She died when the boyfriend strangled her. EP kept watch outside while the attack took place.

The three then hid the body on the roof, drank vodka and cleaned the blood from the flat.

They later wrapped the body in plastic and drove to an abandoned villa in Ajman, stopping at a petrol station on the way to buy fuel to set the corpse on fire.

The women applied to Dubai Criminal Court for early release based on good behaviour. Court records did not say if the boyfriend had applied.

salamir@thenational.ae

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