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Indonesian maid to face firing squad in UAE

Maid sentenced to death after being found guilty of murdering four-year-old in her care

Indonesian maid to face firing squad in UAE
Justice

An Indonesian maid found guilty of murdering the four-month-old child in her care is likely to face a firing squad after an Abu Dhabi appeals court adhered to the wishes of the victim’s family for the death sentence to be carried out.

The maid admitted slamming the baby’s head against a wooden table in a revenge attack against the child’s Filipina nanny, local newspapers reported.

At the Abu Dhabi Court of Appeals, the victim’s family refused to accept blood money as compensation and insisted the sentence be carried out.

While the maid’s case is likely to be appealed to the UAE Federal Court, the case comes just days after a Sri Lankan expatriate worker was executed in Sharjah for the murder of an Emirati resident.

Ravinda Krishna Pillai was convicted of premeditated murder after he was charged with fatally running over the Emirati in his SUV after an altercation between the two in 2006.

The execution took place by firing squad at Sharjah jail. Executions are rare in the UAE as victims’ families are usually offered blood money as compensation, but the families in both cases refused and insisted on the death sentence being enforced.