Fujairah court commutes life sentence

FUJAIRAH — An Emirati who is on death row for the premeditated murder of his wife had his capital punishment sentence commuted to life in prison at the Fujairah Court of Appeal on Monday. Court records showed that the Diba Fujairah Police Centre received in July 2009 information from a UAE national saying that his wife was missing.

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Published: Thu 29 Jul 2010, 12:05 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 9:20 AM

Later, a farmer in Rawl Dhadna alerted the police about amutilated body of a woman in her 20s, lab tests of which proved that it was the body of the missing wife. Investigators concluded that the couple were engaged in a dispute just four months after their wedding. The husband denied any connection with the murder but after the interrogation, broke down and confessed to have killed his wife.

He reenacted the murder before the public prosecutors. He said he took her to a farm in Rawl Dhadna and beat her until she felt unconscious. “I poured a bottle of acid on her body and then hit her head with a stone and then threw her into the abandoned well,’’ he said.

To keep suspicions away, he sent a SMS from her mobilephone to his telling him that she is on the run and didn’t want to live with him. He later threw her phone into the sea.

On June 13, the Fujairah Criminal Court condemned him to death for deliberately murdering his wife. He challenged the verdict at the Court of Appeal which commuted the capital punishment to life in jail.


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