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Duo in UAE to pay Dh200,000 blood money for causing man's death in accident

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on June 2, 2020 | Last updated on June 2, 2020 at 05.18 pm
blood money, road accident, federal supreme court, driving licence

The top court has overruled a lower court's decision of reducing the blood money amount.

A young woman and a man, who were convicted of causing a crash that killed their colleague because the pair was driving on a public road without licences, will pay blood money of Dh200,000 to the victim's family, the UAE top court has ruled.

The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi upheld earlier rulings by lower courts that found the Arab pair guilty of violating traffic rules and causing death of the man.

The court, however, canceled the decision by the appellant court which had reduced the blood money to Dh100,000 and instead raised it to Dh200,000 following the public prosecutor's appeal.

Official court documents stated that the woman and the two men went for a driving tour on one of the highways in a northern emirate. The young woman was driving a car while the two men were on a motorbike.

Both the woman and the young man who was riding the bike didn't have driving licences.

And while on road, the woman suddenly changed lanes and accidentally hit the motorbike. The pillion rider sustained serious injuries, which led to his death. The motorbike rider, however, survived with minor injuries.

Prosecutors charged the woman with accidentally causing death of the man, driving without a licence, not abiding by traffic signs and sudden change of lanes. The man was charged with riding a motorbike which was not insured without a licence and violating other traffic rules.

The court of first instance had earlier ordered both the woman and the man to jointly pay blood money of Dh200,000 to the victim's family. Court also fined each of them more than Dh6,000 for violating for violating traffic laws.

The pair challenged the ruling to the appellant court, which reduced the blood money to Dh100,000 and maintained the fines.

Persecutors appealed the blood money sentence to the UAE's top court, which has cancelled the decision by the appellant court because it violated provisions of the Sharia law, which provides for Dh200,000 in blood money to the family of a person who was killed accidentally.

Ismail Sebugwaawo

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