Indian embassy in Saudi denies death sentence report

Last Updated: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 22:58

Dubai: Indian embassy sources in Riyadh
have denied reports that an Indian national Sabir Ansari has
been sentenced to death for killing one of his countryman in
Saudi Arabia.

"We have checked our records about Indians involved in
death row and the name of Sabir Ansari is not on that list," a
source at the embassy said.

Earlier, reports had said that Ansari was convicted of
killing Mohd Sharik by a court in Saudi Arabia and that the
date of execution had been set for June 18.

Quoting family sources, reports said that Sharik, who
hails from Bulandshahr, was stabbed to death in Riyad by
Ansari of Muzaffarnagar district`s Hasanpur village on June 7.

He was arrested and then sentenced to death on June
11, reports said.

According to one official, such cases take years to
materialise and a death sentence in such a short time-frame
seems very unlikely.

"There are several stages involved before such a case
gets to the Supreme Council and then to the King. All this
cannot happen so soon," he added.


First Published: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 22:58

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