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UAE executes Sri Lankan

SHARJAH, Jan 22, (AFP): A Sri Lankan man has been executed by firing squad in the UAE emirate of Sharjah for murdering an Emirati man eight years ago, media reported on Wednesday. The 26-year-old man was executed after the victim’s family refused an offer of ‘blood money’, the English-daily Gulf News said.

The Sri Lankan had been convicted of deliberately running the Emirati man over with a vehicle in 2006 following a money dispute, the paper said. Rights watchdog Amnesty International identified the condemned man as domestic helper Ravindra Krishna Pillai and said the killing occurred “accidentally” in Pillai’s attempt to escape the man, a friend of his employer, after he tried to sexually assault him.

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