x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Cop-shooting gunmen plead innocence at Abu Dhabi court

Two men on death row for shooting a police officer in a drug deal gone wrong launch their appeal.

ABU DHABI // Two men sentenced to death for shooting two police officers during a botched drug deal in Bani Yas today pleaded their innocence at the Appeals Court.

The court adjourned the case to October 7 to appoint a lawyer for the Yemeni FA, to call prosecution witnesses and to obtain a timeline of the Emirati MK's movements in and out of the country.

The Emirati, 26, and Yemeni were previously sentenced to death by the criminal court for drug dealing, in addition to various lesser sentences.

The Emirati was also sentenced to life in prison for attempted murder, four years for drug consumption, six months for possessing a fire arm, and ordered to pay Dh10,000 compensation to the first policeman and Dh40,000 to the second. The Yemeni was also sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined Dh20,000 for resisting arrest.

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