A 52-year-old Emirati man convicted of killing his housemaid in Ras Al Khaimah rejected pardon by her relatives, insisting that he is innocent.
His lawyer said he was not aware that the defendant’s relatives had paid blood money (diya) to the victim’s family in return for pardon.
He said his client was released without knowing the victim’s relatives had been paid diya and that the defendant insists on fresh trial to prove his innocence.
Newspapers said the judge at an Appeals Court would issue a sentence on February 16 in the case, adding that a Court of First Instance had sentenced the defendant to life in prison and acquitted his wife of complicity in murder.
Police arrested the defendant after he was charged of beating the maid and hanging her by the ceiling at his home in a Northern Emirate.
He told police the maid had committed suicide.
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