Sri Lankan executed in UAE for murder

Updated 22 January 2014
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Sri Lankan executed in UAE for murder

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates: 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 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.
The London-based group had slammed the trial as “unfair,” saying Pillai had had no access to his government-appointed lawyer.
Although the law in the United Arab Emirates includes capital punishment, executions are rare in the Gulf country, and death sentences are typically commuted to life in prison.
The last execution in the UAE took place in February 2011 in Dubai when authorities executed an Emirati man found guilty of raping and murdering a Pakistani child.


Turkish police shoot driver ‘planning Israel protest’

The driver claimed that he was on his way “to protest in front of the Israeli Embassy” in Ankara. (AFP)
Updated 17 October 2018
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Turkish police shoot driver ‘planning Israel protest’

  • In May, Ankara ordered Israel’s ambassador to leave over the killing of protesters along the border with the Gaza Strip

ANKARA: Turkish police on Monday shot a tractor driver in the leg after he refused to stop, state media reported, with the suspect claiming he was planning a protest at Israel’s embassy in Ankara.
The 45-year-old was detained after damaging several vehicles with the tractor in the capital despite calls to stop by the police, state-run news agency Anadolu said.
The driver claimed that he was on his way “to protest in front of the Israeli Embassy” in Ankara but no details on the planned action were given by Anadolu.
However, an Israeli official, who did not wish to be named, said “to the best of our understanding, the incident was not related to Israel or its embassy.”
The Ankara governor’s office said in a statement that the incident was being investigated but officials could find no links to terror.
The office did not mention the planned protest and the incident took place near the Israeli ambassador’s residence in Ankara, not the embassy. Relations between Israel and Turkey, one of the Jewish state’s few key Muslim partners, have been strained this year.
In May, Ankara ordered Israel’s ambassador to leave over the killing of protesters along the border with the Gaza Strip.