x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Nine charged in gambling debt killing

They attacked a man in a labour camp after he refused to pay money he owed, prosecutors say.

ABU DHABI // Nine men are facing execution for stabbing a man to death in a labour camp who refused to pay gambling debts. 

The nine defendants, all from Pakistan, appeared today before the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of First Instance charged with murdering another Pakistani on August 8, 2010, in a labour camp in Abu Dhabi.

Prosecutors said they killed him after he lost money gambling and refused to pay. The nine men then attempted to force him to pay using knives and sticks, prosecutors said, eventually killing him. 

The judges adjourned the case until May 31 for the victim's family to say whether they would accept blood money and for lawyers to present their defense.