x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Family of UAE housemaid killed by boyfriend want Dh3.4m in compensation

Indonesian family make request via embassy after maid died during car journey with Indian boyfriend.

ABU DHABI // The family of a dead housemaid has asked her boyfriend for Dh3.4 million in exchange for not pursuing a death sentence if he is found guilty of her murder.

The Abu Dhabi Criminal Court was told that A K, from India, killed the Indonesian woman after she went out with him in his car.

But he claimed she threw herself out of the moving car and was injured, and that he then got scared and took her back to her room at her employer’s house.

When he later met a friend, he was made to feel guilty about leaving her untreated, so he returned and took her to a hospital, where she later died.

The lawyer representing the victim’s family said on Wednesday they had sent a letter to the Indonesian embassy in Abu Dhabi saying they would withdraw their right to seek a death sentence if A K was willing to negotiate paying about 10 billion Indonesian Rupiahs.

Defence lawyer Fayza Moussa said that, by law, there were three options: a death sentence, blood money of Dh200,000 for a man or Dh100,000 for a woman, or a pardon.

In Abu Dhabi and federal courts blood money for the death of a woman is Dh100,000, though it is Dh200,000 in Dubai courts.

The judge asked A K if he were willing to negotiate a figure with the victim’s family and he agreed.

The case was adjourned until November 6 for the embassy to bring the letter that was sent by the family.

hdajani@thenational.ae