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Indian national gets death sentence

An Indian national has been sentenced to death by a court in Tanzania for murdering a Tanzanian, media reports said on Tuesday.

world Updated: Jun 21, 2011 16:44 IST

An Indian national has been sentenced to death by a court in Tanzania for murdering a Tanzanian, media reports said on Tuesday.

Vinoth Nadhesan accused of killing a man and stuffing his body parts in the boot of a car last year in Dar es Salaam, was sentenced to death after being found guilty of the murder, Tanzanian newspaper Daily News reported.

Nadhesan was accused of killing Abdulbasid Abdallah on February 6, 2009 by using a knife and an arrow, before hiding his parts in a bag and stuffed them in the boot of a car.

In a ruling yesterday, Judge Faudhi Twaibu said the high court was satisfied by the evidence produced by the prosecution against the accused and that the act was murder and not manslaughter.

"The accused is liable for murder charges and the punishment for the offence is hanging until death. If the accused is not satisfied with my decision he can appeal," said the judge.

According to the charge sheet, money was the source of the fight, Abdallah reportedly lent $20,000 to the accused with an agreement to pay him after one year.

On his defence the accused had told the court that the deceased was the one who started the fight by beating him with a stick and that he had stabbed him in self defence.