x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

No settlement for 17 Indians on death row

Lawyers for the 17 Indians on trial for the murder of a Pakistani man did not reach out to the victim's family for two months, and only initiated talks last night.

SHARJAH // Lawyers for 17 Indian men facing death row for the murder of a Pakistani man in January 2009 have failed to reach a blood money agreement after being given two months to do so, a court heard this morning.

The man appointed to negotiate a blood money payment on behalf of the Pakistani man's family, Mohammed Ramzan, said he was approached for the first time with an agreement late last night.

He told the court that they had asked him to sign a waiver document without any settlement.

"If they call and present an agreement then we will speak," he said.

The judge adjourned the hearing with a final warning to reach a compromise or the case would proceed.

The court will reconvene in two weeks' time on May 19.