By Neil Halligan
Current sum of $54,500 paid to families of victims is not in line with rise in camel prices
The UAE will consider an increase to the amount of blood money paid to the families of victims who have died in crimes or accidents.
Under Islamic Sharia Law, a person convicted of murder can avoid the death penalty if pardoned by the victim’s family in return for blood money. If someone causes the death of another accidentally, then he or she has to pay blood money.
Last week’s meeting of the Federal National Council was told that the current sum of $54,500 (AED200,000), which was set in 1991, is no longer enough. Sultan Juma Al Shamsi, a member from Ajman, asked the UAE Minister of Justice, Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi, to increase the amount to keep up with the current price of camels.
Al Shamsi said that, in accordance with Islamic teaching, the blood money should be equivalent to 100 camel heads.
“The existing figure needs to be revised,” the Ajman member said, according to a report in 7Days newspaper.
“The Ministry of Justice should increase the amount of blood money paid to victims’ families in accidental deaths.”
In a letter to the FNC, the Minister of Justice said he would submit a proposal to cabinet to increase the amount of blood money required in accidental deaths.