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UAE sentences Kuwaiti royal to death for murder

Royal was reportedly among a number of students from University of Sharjah accused of torturing, killing their roommate over a financial dispute

UAE sentences Kuwaiti royal to death for murder
Kuwaitis have reportedly been sentenced to death for killing their roommate at the University of Sharjah (above).

Two Kuwaitis, including a member of the royal family, have reportedly been sentenced to death for killing their roommate at the University of Sharjah.

The men, who were only identified by their initials, Y S, 20, and H A, 19, were convicted of torturing fellow Kuwaiti student Mubarak Meshaal Al Mubarak, 19, for three days last year, Kuwait Times reported.

The first-year student died in hospital on February 25, last year after suffering internal bleeding, burns and multiple fractures.

The men claimed they had a financial dispute with Al Mubarak, who had reportedly failed to payback AED100,000 ($27,225). They also accused him of harassing one of their sisters.

Police found a six-minute video recording on one of the student’s mobile phones that showed the victim being physically abused and tortured.

The victim’s family had requested the death penalty after refusing to accept “blood money” from the family of one of the defendants, in a common practice in the Gulf.

A third man, believed to also be Kuwaiti, fled the UAE after the incident, the court heard. He was fined AED1000 ($272) in his absence for covering up a crime and failing to report it to authorities.

Prosecutors have attempted to extradite him.

The men have 15 days to appeal.

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Devendra Joshi 5 years ago

Yes it is a loss of life which is irreplaceable, and we as a responsible society also have to narrow down on the youths aggressive behavioural tendencies and take stringent steps to ensure that people(specially teenagers/young people) do not resort to this kind of bodily harm to others in a fit of rage. As this incident clearly indicates that all involved were teenagers & young people.

turk971 5 years ago

so what discipline you want to impose on these "teenagers"? if it was your child who have been killed by these so called teenagers, would you honestly say you want to forgive them and let them live their lives? there is a reason why 18 is the age universally known to be adulthood. at this age, people are already considered as adults and therefore are aware of what is right from wrong and consequences for doing wrong things. these culprits are already 19 year olds. what do you think is the difference when they become 20 and not considered by you as teenagers anymore? it is easy to say all these things when you are not the aggrieved party and who has not lost a son. but I strongly believe you will say and feel differently when it is your own blood who is murdered