x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Blood money deadline for 17 Indians in murder case

Judge says if no deal is reached by April 28, the case will continue as though the right to compensation had been waived.

SHARJAH // The representative of a Pakistani man prosecutors say was killed in a bootlegging brawl was given a deadline to accept or decline blood money this morning.

Sharjah Court of Appeal Judge Abdullah Yousef al Shamsi asked Ramzan Khan if the family was willing to accept a settlement on behalf of the 17 Indian defendants. He told the court they were, but had not yet decided whether they would do so.

Judge al Shamsi then ruled that if the family had not decided on a settlement by April 28, the court would proceed with the case as though the right to blood money had been waived.

Lawyer Mohammed Salman, the lawyer appointed by the Indian government to represent all 17 defendants, asked the court to summon four witnesses. They will be called if no settlement is reached, the court ruled.

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