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Indians victim of biased investigation: Lawyer

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 20:48

Chandigarh: The 17 Indians on death row
in UAE for allegedly killing a Pakistani have claimed that
they were not provided with a copy of charge sheet and the
trial took place in Arabic which they did not understand,
according to a lawyer who met the convicts.

Claiming that the Indians were victims of "biased
investigation", lawyer Navkiran Singh told reporters here that
the prisoners were also made to sign documents which were in
Arabic language.

Singh, who also works with an NGO, said he met the
Indian prisoners for two hours during his visit to Dubai on
April 13 and 14.

Sharing the details of his meeting, Singh said the
inmates told him that they were brutally tortured for nine
days by policemen.

Singh, who was accompanied by another lawyer Gagan
Aggarwal during the meeting, said that none of the accused was
supplied with a copy of the charge sheet.

"The whole trial took place in Arabic language which
the accused never understood," he added.

Since the charge sheet was never made available to
them in Arabic or their native language, the whole trial is
vitiated as the accused did not get an opportunity to prove
their innocence, he said.

During the trial, the prisoners claimed, that on the
first three hearings the brother of the deceased, who was said
to be an eyewitness to the killing, could not identify any of
the accused present in the court.

"Besides these 17 prisoners, another Indian was also
sentenced to death in another case and eight more are also
facing trial," Singh said.

The Indian consulate has entrusted Chettur`s law firm,
Mohamed Salman Advocates and Legal Consultants with the case
following the March 29 judgement by a Sharjah Shariah Court.

The case will now be heard by a UAE appellate court on May 19.

Singh demanded that Indian consulates introduce a
mechanism to ensure that that they are provided with
information immediately when an Indian national is taken
in custody and that the human rights of its citizens are not
violated.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 20:48

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