Seventeen Indians have been sentenced to death by Sharjah’s Shariah Court for killing a Pakistani man and injuring three others in a vicious attack last year.
Judge Yousuf Al Hamadi sentenced the 17 men to death after all evidence, including DNA tests, showed they had knifed the Pakistani to death, Khaleej Times reported on Monday.
The victim had died of wounds after he was stabbed repeatedly on various parts of his body and had also suffered brain damage, police said.
The attack in January last year followed a fight over the control of the illegal liquor business in Al Sajaa area of Sharjah, one of the emirates of UAE, the paper said.
The police had said the suspects had attempted to kill three other compatriots of the victim, but they managed to escape and were rushed to Kuwaiti Hospital for treatment.
The convicted men are aged between 17 and 30 years.
According to the three Pakistanis who survived, 50 people set upon them with knives on that fateful day last year.
Police had rushed to the area and arrested the 17, who had allegedly led the attack. The others were let off due to lack of evidence. During court hearings, all the suspects confessed they had fought with and murdered the victim. Forensics reports and DNA tests also proved their role in the crime.
Meanwhile, India has send it will provide all aid required to its nationals. “We are ascertaining the facts of the case, after which we will be seeking consular access to our nationals. We will provide all the assistance,” said Vishnu Prakash, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.
Death sentences are usually commuted to life in prison in Sharjah.
Alcohol is banned in the emirate, which lies north of Dubai, where liquor can be sold by bars and restaurants with special permits. However, Dubai has also witnessed bootlegging violence.