x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

American to be retried in death of German

An American man convicted of killing a German engineer and discarding his body in a suitcase will receive a retrial, court rules. .

Abu Dhabi // An American man convicted of killing a German engineer and discarding his body in a suitcase will receive a retrial, the Federal Supreme Court ruled yesterday. In June 2006, SB and his maid allegedly lured a German man, MS, who was living in Dubai and had been seeking a sexual relationship on an internet site. Sharjah's public prosecution says the two had invited the engineer with the intention of killing him, but SB argued that his intention was only to talk MS out of his plan.

SB claimed that a physical struggle ensued between the two and that in an attempt to sedate the German man, SB put chloroform on a cloth and over his face and accidentally killed him. SB was sentenced to death by the Sharjah Criminal Court of First Instance in October 2007. The decision was upheld by the Appeal Court two months later. FY was sentenced to three years in prison and deportation. Justice Falah al Hajri of the Federal Supreme Court, which must ultimately review all death-sentence cases, found errors in the appeal after S B's lawyer presented several documents, not made public, that challenged the appeal court proceedings.

The case will be handed back to the Sharjah public prosecution and a date set for the retrial. myoussef@thenational.ae