Dubai: Eight Indians facing trial for
allegedly killing a Pakistani youth have paid blood money to
the victim`s father who agreed to a compromise and pardoned
them, a move likely to help the accused escape the gallows.
"We arranged the visit of the victim Mumtaz Yusuf`s
father Mohd Yusuf to Dubai. He appeared in the court and said
that he has pardoned those involved," said Dubai-based
hotelier and businessman S P Singh Oberoi, who has paid the
money on behalf of the accused.
Mumtaz Yousuf died after a group clash in 2009 and 10
youths -- eight Indians and two Pakistanis -- were tried for
The compromise papers between the eight Indian accused,
all from Punjab, and the victim`s family have been handed over
to a three-judge jury in Sharjah`s Shariah court, Oberoi said.
The judgement in the case is scheduled to be delivered on
February 6. After having paid the blood money, the accused may
escape the death penalty.
Oberoi had also recently visited Punjab to apprise the
families of the accused about the developments in the case.
He said families of these men were not even aware
of their whereabouts till another case of 17 Indians convicted
for the murder of a Pakistani man hit headlines early last