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Four men convicted over death at Dubai's Global Village

Court sentences defendants after Emirati man was killed by flying debris from ferris wheel in 2013 incident

Four men convicted over death at Dubai's Global Village

Four men have been convicted over the death of an Emirati man at Global Village in Dubai.

Abdullah Mohammed Rashid Al Habsi died after he was struck by a panel that fell off a Ferris wheel while he was visiting the attraction last year, Dubai daily 7Days reported.

The paper said Dubai Misdemeanours Court fined the men AED10,000 each, but suspended their sentence. The men were also all ordered to pay AED200,000 blood money to the deceased’s family.

It added that Dubai Public Prosecution has appealed against the sentence and the case is now going through the appeal court.

The men - a 24-year-old Egyptian ride operator, a 57-year-old British manager, a 47-year-old businessman from Belize and a 54-year-old British consultant - were convicted of wrongfully causing Al Habsi’s death after the court heard the bolt that held the panel was corroded. The accident happened on January 24, 2013.

Prosecutors said the defendants were negligent as they had not followed safety procedures.

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