DUBAI -- Ten Indian youths in the UAE may escape the noose for murdering a Pakistani man in 2015 after the victim's family accepted blood money amounting to 2,00,000 dirhams and agreed to pardon the convicts, according to media reports.
Mohammad Riaz, the father of Mohammad Farhan, appeared in the Al Ain appeals court on 22 March and submitted a letter of consent to pardon the accused Indians, a senior Indian Embassy official told Gulf News on Sunday.
"It was unfortunate that I lost my son. I appeal the young generation not to indulge in such fights. I have forgiven these 10 individuals. In fact, Allah has saved their lives. Lives of at least 10 people, including a wife and children, hinge [financially] on one person [who comes to work in the UAE]," Riaz said.
On behalf of the accused, an Indian charity organisation deposited the blood money in the court and the case has been adjourned for further hearing on 12 April, said Dinesh Kumar, Counsellor, Community Affairs at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
"It is expected that the court may commute the death sentence," Kumar said.
On 8 December, 2016, the murder allegedly occurred during a brawl over bootlegging in Al Ain. Eleven men from Punjab were convicted in the case but one was spared the death sentence.
S P S Oberoi, Chairman of Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust that donated blood money for the accused men, said it was a tough task to obtain pardon from the Pakistani family.
Oberoi, a Dubai-based businessman, said Riaz had been invited from Pakistan three days ago, with all arrangements, including a visa and accommodation being made by his trust.
"We somehow made him agree...And as per the Sharia law, have submitted Dhs 200,000 as blood money in the court," Oberoi said.
He said his Pakistani manager traveled to Peshawar and talked to the family and their relatives to secure the pardon.
All the convicted young Indian men are from poor families and worked in Al Ain as plumbers, electricians, carpenters and masons.
Most of them in their twenties had paid huge sums to recruitment agents in India to secure a visa to reach the UAE.
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