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Ansar Burney to help 17 Indians facing death row in UAE

Last Updated: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 21:44

New Delhi: Noted Human Rights Activist Ansar
Burney on Monday said the trust he runs would provide legal and
moral help to 17 Indians who allegedly killed a Pakistani man
in Sharjah.

Terming the death sentence as "shocking" and "against
justice", Burney said, "As per media reports 17 Indian
nationals were accused of being the leaders of a mob of up to
50 people who allegedly beat the Pakistani man to death with
metal bars in a fight over control of illegal liquor business.

"We have no sympathy what-so-ever with hardened criminals
and terrorists but we are worried as how, in a single murder
case, any court can sentence 17 people," Ansar Burney,
Pakistan`s former Federal Minister for Human Rights and
Chairman of the international trust that functions under his
name, said.

"The death sentence to 17 people at a time in one murder
case is rather shocking and also against human dignity and
justice. So the Ansar Burney Trust, in the greater interest of
human dignity and justice, has decided to give maximum
possible help to 17 Indians," said Burney, who is also the
United Nations Expert Advisor on Human Rights.

The sentences marked the highest number of death
penalties handed down at one time in the Sharjah court, he

"The Ansar Burney Trust will give these 17 Indian
nationals all legal and moral assistance and will also try to
find out in what other ways we can help them out to file an
appeal in higher court," he said.

He added the trust also extended sympathy to the deceased
Pakistani`s family members.


First Published: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 21:44
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