x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Seventeen men charged in bootlegging death

Case in Abu Dhabi court has similarities to previous incident in Sharjah.

ABU DHABI // Seventeen men are accused of beating another man to death in a bootlegging-related fight, the Criminal Court of First Instance has heard.

"Did you attack MA and beat him to death with canes and bricks?" the judge asked the defendants.

All of the men — 16 Indians and one Pakistani — denied the charges. Some of the men said confessions had been extracted under pressure, and some admitted to related charges such as drinking alcohol illegally, residency violations and bootlegging.

No details of the case beyond the charges were discussed in court this week.

The incident is similar to another case in Sharjah with the same number of defendants.

The case was adjourned until January 31 so a lawyer could be appointed.

hdajani@thenational.ae