UAE: DEATH ROW CONVICTS IN DUBAI LOSE SECOND PLEA
December 12, 2010: Presiding Judge Eisa Al Sharif of the Dubai Appeal Court rejected the appeal of Russian, S.A., 31, and Ukrainian, S.N., 35, against their death sentences in the United Arab Emirates. They were found guilty of murdering and robbing Indian salesman A.B. in 2001 by the Dubai Court of First Instance.
In October, the Court of First Instance rejected the prisoners' special plea to reduce their death sentences after they submitted a written waiver they obtained from the blood parents of the victim.
Their lawyer Abdul Rahman Al Mutawaa handed the court a written plea to reduce his clients' death sentence to one year, after the salesman's blood parents dropped their complaint against S.A. and S.N. Al Mutawaa mentioned in the plea that the salesman's family collected the blood money and dropped their charges against the killers.
"We pardon S.A. and S.N. and we hold no grudge against them. We pardon them for ever. This is to certify that we only collected the blood money amount and nothing else," said the written waiver. (Sources: Gulf News, 13/12/2010)