x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Footballer death sentence plea delayed

The final verdict against a UAE national team footballer sentenced to death for murder has been postponed until September 30.

The final verdict against a UAE national team footballer sentenced to death for murder has been postponed until September 30. The 27-year-old player, FK, was condemned to death in March with his brother MK, and a fellow Sharjah club footballer, MJ, for killing their neighbour JJ, an Emirati, on April 15 last year. FK's family have appealed against the sentence. The court hearing yesterday was presided over by Judge Halimi Azim. Abdul Hamid al Kumity, the victim's lawyer, said the court had decided to postpone the hearings because one important witness in the case did not turn up to the hearings yesterday.

Judge Azim, together with three other judges, handed down the death sentence in March, after a trial that lasted several months. The three men overpowered JJ during a fight in Sharjah's Riffa area, throwing him to the ground and then stabbing him four times in the face. @Email:ykakande@thenational.ae