x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Police officer who took part in 1993 robbery appeals for early release

One of five men who killed a security guard during a robbery has applied for early release.

DUBAI // A policemen who took part in a robbery nearly 20 years ago in which a security guard was strangled to death with an electric wire has applied for early release.

AA, from Pakistan, was 27 when he and four others took part in the killing of ZK, a security guard at Caprisun Arabian refreshments, on December 3, 1993, the Criminal Court heard yesterday.

The five men carefully plotted the raid in which they strangled the guard with the wire before covering his head with duct tape. They made sure that he was dead before stealing Dh71,948.

Three of the men - AA, his fellow Pakistani policeman AK, who was 25, and the unemployed Sri Lankan AG, were sentenced to death.

However the sentences for AA and AG were commuted on appeal to life in prison. AK's death sentence was upheld by both the Appeals Court and the Cassation Court, though it is not clear whether he has been executed. The other two were sentenced to life in prison.

The Criminal Court heard yesterday that AA had a letter from his prison's management vouching that he had been well behaved during his incarceration and that he had received a waiver from the son of the security guard.

The court's decision is expected on September 16.

salamir@thenational.ae