4 Dubai expats may avoid death with blood money

Family of a murdered UAE expatriate has agreed to accept blood money, paving the way for four other expatriates from Bangladesh to avoid death penalty.

In last June, a Dubai court handed down capital punishment to the four hailing from Habiganj for killing their coworker from Munshiganj at a company in the country, reports our Sylhet correspondent.

Families of both the victim and the convicts in a meeting on Thursday reached the compromise, Mujibur Rahman, Chunarughat upazila nirbahi officer, told The Daily Star.

According to Islamic law, blood money is paid by killers as compensation to the family of a murder victim.

Necessary papers and documents would be prepared this week in line with the negotiations, he said, adding then those would be sent to Bangladesh consulate in Dubai through the home and foreign ministries.

The official said Khalilur Rahman, Robiul Mia, Ashrafuzzaman and Zahidul Islam of Habiganj and Nazrul Islam of Munshiganj were used to work in a company in Dubai.

Two years ago, he said, they got into a clash over a trifling matter resulting in the death of Nazrul.

Police filed a murder case against the four after the incident and a Dubai court on June 27 last year awarded them the death sentences.

But, the payment of blood money amounting 2 lakh Dirham to the victim’s family could save the lives, the court added.

The Dubai authorities sent the papers of the verdict to the expatriates’ welfare ministry and the family members.

The family of the convicts then contacted the Chunarughat UNO, who arranged the negotiation with the victim’s family through his counterpart in Tongibari.

The Chunarughat UNO took the representatives of the convicts to Munshiganj and held a meeting with the victim’s family in presence of Tongibari UNO Rafiqul Islam and local upazila Chairman Shaokat Ali Khan.


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