The government on Monday night instructed its mission in the UAE to help the 17 Indians file an appeal against the death sentences handed to them by a Shariah court for killing a Pakistani man and injuring three others.
"The Indian Mission in UAE has been asked to provide all legal assistance to the 17 Indians so that they can file an appeal," a senior official of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs told PTI.
He said Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi has also asked the mission to file a detailed report to the government about the case.
"We have taken the issue seriously and asked the mission to do whatever it can to help them," the official said.
Judge of Sharjah's Shariah court Yousuf Al Hamadi sentenced the Indians to death after all evidence, including DNA tests, showed they had knifed the Pakistani to death in January last year, Khaleej Times reported today.
The victim had died of his wounds after he was stabbed repeatedly on various parts of his body and had also suffered brain damage, police said.
The attack 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.