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‘Blood money’ frees Indians in murder case – Ten released men face deportation

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 15: Ten Indians who were sentenced to various jail terms by the Criminal Court, following the death of an Egyptian during a brawl at the Camels Market in Kabad, have been released by the Court of Appeals after the family of the victim is said to have agreed to accept blood money.

Three of the accused, who hold valid residence permits, are staying in the company provided accommodation while the seven have been taken to the deportation center until their visas are being regularized. However, all of them are expected to be sent back to India.

The lawyer for the plaintiff has not officially filed a request for ‘blood money’ but the modalities are expected to be completed in an ‘out of court settlement’. Earlier it was reported a brawl between Indians and Egyptians had left one Egyptian dead and several others injured from both sides and some Indian newspapers then quoting unnamed sources in Kuwait said the man had died of cardiac arrest during the fight.

It all reportedly started when some Egyptians refused one of the Indians to occupy a vacant seat on the company transport bus while they were on their way home after duty hours. The Egyptians reportedly beat two Indians on the bus and when the vehicle reached their residence in the camp, both sides attacked each other with whatever they could lay their hands on after the issue was blown out of proportion by both sides.

About 30 people — Indians and Egyptians — were injured and some with fractures and stab wounds were referred to the Jahra, Sabah and Farwaniya hospitals. All those arrested were referred to the concerned security department for interrogation following which the Indian government took up the issue with Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Indian Embassy in Kuwait has been closely following up the developments and providing all possible assistance in line with the law of the land and has exerted tremendous efforts to seek the repatriation of the Indians involved in the case.

By Paul Francis X. Fernandes Arab Times Staff

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