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Nine Vietnamese face death sentence for killing Indian in UAE

world Updated: Aug 31, 2010 09:52 IST

Nine men, all Vietnamese, are facing the firing squad after being held guilty for stabbing an Indian man to death in a brothel, reports said on Tuesday.

The men, described as "brothel guards" in prosecution records, are said to have assaulted the drunk Indian who refused to leave.

According to The National, the men, who were also charged with assaulting a second man and stabbing him, did not enter a plea at the Dubai Criminal Court on Monday, as they are waiting for a Vietnamese translator.

Three Indian men, who are all drivers, went to the brothel on November 20 last year after drinking heavily in Dubai's International City, the report said.

The victim then got into an argument with a prostitute and a guard was called in. The guard asked the man to leave but his friends intervened and wanted the 50 dirhams they paid to be returned.

The guard then made a phone call and eight other people came to the flat wielding cleavers and knives.

The men were attacked by the defendants and sustained cuts and bruises before two of them escaped, leaving the third trapped inside the studio apartment, the report said.

"One of them jumped at me with a cleaver and was aiming for my head. He cut my palm while another hit my elbow. I bled profusely and passed out after being pulled out of the flat," the survivor in the attack told the court.

Prosecution records show that all nine defendants stabbed the victim repeatedly.

Prosecutors could not identify who struck the deadly blow, therefore all the defendants were charged with murder.

The Presiding Judge El Saeed Bargouth, of the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance, adjourned the case so that a Vietnamese translator could be appointed.

A new date has not been set.