6 pesticide workers acquitted in child death case

The court was convinced by his logic. (Shutterstock)

The UAE’s top court acquitted six Bangladeshi workers accused of homicide for spraying illegal substances that caused the death of a three-year-old girl at her apartment in Sharajah, a newspaper reported on Friday.

A court had earlier found the six not guilty of causing the girl’s death, prompting the prosecutor to appeal the sentence and demand their punishment in accordance with Islamic law on homicide charges.

The appeals court supported the earlier verdict and the prosecutor again resorted to the Federal Supreme Court (FSC) to convict the workers.

“The FSC upheld that sentence and acquitted the six workers after finding no evidence that they caused the child’s death,” the Abu Dhabi-based daily Alittihad said.

Sharjah police arrested the six workers in September 2012 after three-year-old Egyptian girl, Habiba, died in hospital and her six-year-old brother was in serious condition after inhaling toxic gas at their apartment.

The six had pleaded not guilty on the grounds they were asked to use pesticide by the family living next door while they were away for their annual holiday.

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