Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal has reportedly paid SAR5 million ($1.33 million) in blood money to save the life of a man on death row for murder.
Mohammad Al Aqili, a Saudi citizen, was convicted in 2012 of causing the death of another man during a fight in January of that year, Saudi Gazette said.
He was sentenced to death but the victim’s family agreed to pardon him if he paid SAR23 million in blood money.
He was given until May 4, 2015, to pay the money.
Al Aqili’s family had managed to raise SAR18 million through donations, Saudi Gazette reported.
Offering the balance to help free Al Aqili, who has been held in custody while the money was being raised, Prince Alwaleed said on Twitter he did not usually interfere with legal cases but he wanted to avoid Al Aqili’s death sentence, the daily reported.
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