Families of Indian convicts briefed about case

The families of 10 Indian nationals, now convicted in Dubai for murdering a co-worker, have been briefed about the case.

The Indian men were sentenced to jail terms ranging from 10 years to lifers for murdering a co-Indian during a drunken brawl, reports Indian news website Sify News.

The report quotes Dubai-based Indian hotelier SP Singh Oberoi as saying the families of the convicts have been apprised about the status of the case.

The men, all from the northern Indian state of Punjab, had murdered an Indian from the southern state of Kerala whose name has not been revealed.

The businessman who has been providing help to the convicts families to get legal access to the jailed men said: "There are a total of 11 cases in which appeals are to be filed. For the moment we are satisfied with the meeting we had with family members and will take things step by step."

Major Singh of Gurdaspur and Harpinder Singh of Batala in the state of Punjab, were awarded life terms. Eight others --  Sukhjit Singh, Rakesh Kumar, Sarabhjit Singh, Rashpal Singh, Manjit Singh, Balwinder Singh, Sukhwinder Singh and Amarjit Singh – were jailed for 15 years each.

According to Oberoi, these men’s families had no clue about their whereabouts until another case in which 17 Indian nationals was convicted for murdering a Pakistani man were reported by Indian media last year.

He had earlier told Indian news agency Press Trust India that since these men were convicted on serious charges, it was important to take their families into confidence to provide further legal defence to them in Dubai.

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