Will help Indians on death row in UAE if they appeal: Krishna

Seventeen Indians sentenced to death for killing a Pakistani national in UAE have been assured that the Government of India will stand by them if they appeal in a higher court.

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2010, 22:33 PM IST

New Delhi: Seventeen Indians sentenced to
death for killing a Pakistani national in UAE have been
assured that the Government of India will stand by them if
they appeal in a higher court.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told reporters
on the sidelines of a function that the consular access of the
17 persons has been obtained and the consulate in Dubai has
been in touch with them.

"We have assured them that the Government of India
will stand by them if they appeal in higher court," he said.

The government had yesterday said it was awaiting a
detailed report from its consulate in Dubai on the
developments involving these Indians, majority of whom hail
from Punjab.

All 17 were sentenced to death by Sharjah`s Shariah
court for killing a Pakistani and injuring three others in
an alleged fight over illegal alcohol business.

PTI