4 Bangladeshis to ‘buy’ mercy

Death Terms in Dubai
The four Bangladeshi expatriates in Dubai facing death sentences for killing another Bangladeshi could be forgiven as negotiations over blood money were fruitful with the family of the deceased.

Contacted, Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Chunarughat Md Mujibur Rahman told this correspondent yesterday that the negotiations between the families of both the sides were held in presence of local UP chairman and UNOs in Munshiganj on Thursday afternoon.

Papers and documents would be prepared this week in line with the negotiations sent to the Bangladesh consulate in Dubai through the ministries of home and foreign affairs.

The convicts are Khalilur Rahman of village Kachua, Rabiul Mia of village Pashchim Pakuria, Ashrafuzzaman of Singpara under Chunarughat and Zahidul Islam of Topkhana under Baniachang upazila in Habiganj.

The victim, Nazrul Islam of village Vetka under Tongibari upazila in Munshiganj, and the convicts used to work at a company in Dubai.

Two years ago, they locked in a clash over a trifling matter resulting in the death of Nazrul. As the police filed a murder case accusing the four, a Dubai court on June 27 last year awarded them death sentence.

But, the court said that paying blood money amounting two lakh dirham to the victim’s family could save their lives.

The Dubai authority sent the papers of the verdict to the expatriates’ welfare ministry in Bangladesh and to the family members of the convicts.

Their families then contacted the Chunarughat UNO, who arranged for negotiations with the victim’s family through the UNO of Tongibari.

The Chunarughat UNO took the representatives of the convicts to Munshiganj. Tongibari UNO Md Rafiqul Islam and Vetka UP Chairman Shawkat Ali Khan were present during the negotiations.


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