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RAK wife killer escapes death by paying 'diya'

Students’ visit to court to attend cases is part of ‘Nebras’ programme launched by the Family and Juvenile Prosecution in Dubai to make teens aware of the laws and consequences of committing crimes (Shutterstock)

By Staff

A man on the death row for killing his wife in Ras Al Khaimah escaped execution after he was pardoned by the wife’s father in return for diya (blood money).

The man, a bedoun (without identity), was sentenced to death by a criminal court in the northern emirate last year after he was convicted of stabbing his Iranian wife to death following a heated argument at their house.

An appeals court on Tuesday abolished the death verdict and sentenced him to three years in prison for committing the crime in June 2011.