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23 April 2024

Doctor to pay 20% diya in pregnant woman’s death: UAE Court

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By Staff

The UAE’s top court upheld a court sentence to fine an emergency doctor Dh10,000 and ordered him to pay 20 per cent of the ‘diya’ (blood money) to the relatives of a pregnant woman, who died with her infant at hospital.
A Court of First Instance found the unnamed doctor and other medical personnel guilty of not taking adequate measures to save the woman after having a road accident.
It fined him Dh30,000 and ordered him to pay 20 per cent of the diya, prompting him to appeal.
A Court of Appeals reduced the fine to Dh10,000 but kept the diya payment, a sentence that was upheld by the Federal Supreme Court.
The doctor was convicted of failing to take the necessary procedures to save the woman by delaying sending her to the operation theater.