x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

New UAE civil case against 17 bootleg killers to go to court

A new compensation claim of Dh500,000 against 17 Indian bootleggers convicted of murder but spared the death penalty is referred to the Sharjah Civil Court.

DUBAI // A new compensation claim of Dh500,000 against 17 Indian bootleggers convicted of murder but spared the death penalty has been referred to the Sharjah Civil Court.

The case was sent to the court yesterday by the reconciliation committee after the parties failed to reach an agreement on the claim filed by the brother of Misri Khan, the dead man.

Nawaz Khan claims he was seriously injured in the 2009 brawl.

"The judge accepted to transfer our case to the civil court," said Thamer Hassan, Mr Khan's lawyer. "Mr Khan … has very serious injuries and suffers from nearly 70 per cent disability."

The lawyer said the claim, originally for Dh1million, had been reduced to Dh500,000. A date for the hearing had not been set.

Bindu Chettur, the lawyer for the 17 men, said the case had been sent to court because they were unwilling to settle.

The men paid Dh3.4 million raised from donations as blood money to Misri Khan's family last year, in exchange for a pardon.

The court commuted their death sentences to two years but prosecutors appealed against the verdict.

The men face another compensation suit of Dh1.5million filed by two other men who claim to have been injured.

A verdict is expected soon in the first compensation case.

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