Lankan to face firing squad

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A 23-year-old Sri Lankan man who stabbed his lover’s husband to death in a jealous rage is to face a firing squad in Dubai. Rowan Kumar, was convicted in April by the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance and sentenced to life imprisonment.

When the Daily Mirror inquired from the Consular Division of the Ministry of External affairs, a source explained that no official communication on the matter had been received as yet.

In June, the Dubai Court of Appeals accepted the public prosecutors’ case for the death sentence on the ground that the murder was premeditated. Dubai’s highest court upheld the execution order.

JP, a Sri Lankan businessman and Kumar’s colleague, was stabbed to death in June 2009. His wife at first told police that an African man had killed her husband during a mugging, but witnesses revealed that she and Kumar were having an affair.

The wife then confessed to her involvement with Kumar, and said he had killed her husband.

Kumar denied murder but admitted that he fought JP in an alley. The Court of First Instance found him guilty but sentenced him to life in prison because premeditation could not be established.

At the appeals court, prosecutors proved that Kumar had planned to kill JP, and had waited for him with a knife in a narrow and poorly lit alley in Jafiliya. He saw JP walking hand-in-hand with his wife and stabbed him in the back.

JP then chased Kumar and fought with him, but the killer stabbed him again in the chest and neck before escaping.

He was eventually arrested at his mother’s home in The Springs. Police said she had bought a plane ticket for her son to flee the country and she was charged with aiding and abetting the escape of a criminal, but the charges were dropped.

Kumar will now be placed on death row at the Dubai Central Prison awaiting the Attorney General’s presentation of the case file to the Ruler’s Office to confirm an execution date.

The Chief Justice of the Criminal Courts, Judge Ahmed Ibrahim Saif, said convicts on death row had visitation rights until the day of execution.

Kumar’s family can visit on the day of execution, but may not attend the execution itself.

The victim’s family is allowed to do so with permission from the attorney general’s office.

The last execution in Dubai was in 2002, of a Yemeni man convicted of kidnapping and murder, according to public

Source: The National

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  • sampath Tuesday, 21 September 2010 03:48 AM

    should implement such laws in our country too ..

    rohan Tuesday, 21 September 2010 03:57 AM

    Good lesson for who betrays their husband/spouse

    chami Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:14 AM

    Is it love or lust

    Oyage sudu kella Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:37 AM

    "LOVE IS BLIND"

    Holman Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:38 AM

    May be he thought there's only one fish in the sea, stupid of him.

    Bakamoona Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:41 AM

    Was it a ' love thy neighbour ? '

    shanthi Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:45 AM

    Sampath , you are right , even in our country such things are taking place every other day ,

    Tharaka Chanaka Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:46 AM

    What about the Wife???...she got 2 men killed...not a bad track record!

    PB Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:01 AM

    Why only yemanies and sri lankans are subject to death sentence...
    u no UAE citizens?
    are they good?
    how do we know whether he killed or the wife killed or this is the result of some other scandal...
    death sentence is not the answer

    jim jam Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:10 AM

    Crime of Pasion needs suitable punsihment, he may have been pardoned if this happened here

    Bandara Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:18 AM

    Premayi wairayai athare
    wenasa kes gasakata samai
    bindunu da pujawa premaye
    ohuge agama wairayai...

    saman Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:33 AM

    Trying to be devils advocate ? Its not just sri lankan this law applied for all. If not mistaken they sentenced a local for death molesting a child .

    Athula K. Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:43 AM

    Lord Buddha said "DHAMMO BAWE RAKKHATHI DHAMMA CHARIE; DHARMAYEHI HESIRENNA DHARAMAYA WISINMA RAKINU LABAI; THOSE WHO ABIDE BY DHAMMA WILL BE PROTECTED BY DHAMMA". I simply don’t understand why people cannot observe five precepts (at least) as advised by Buddha, then all living beings will have a better world. KARANA KALATA PAW MIHIRIYA MEE SE….WINDINA KALATA DUK DEDI WEI GINISE.... HENDINA EPAW DURALANA UPADESE…. NODUNA MENAWI THUN DORA AWAKASE....May all be blessed with noble triple gem! Athula K.

    josh Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:43 AM

    well this is sri lanka.. a land where the criminal roams freely while the innocent suffer!!

    Oyage sudu kella Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:48 AM

    Ela.

    Bakamoona Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:49 AM

    Here everybody is pardoned except for ONE person.

    Faqi Tuesday, 21 September 2010 07:54 AM

    Appears to be a heinous pre-meditated crime of passion. He took the life of an innocent man for no reason other than his twisted passion for the victim's wife. This is a just punishment for this crime. Why must he be allowed to live, when the innocent one is dead. Justice was served.

    M.I.5 Tuesday, 21 September 2010 07:55 AM

    law of the land rules.

    TMA Tuesday, 21 September 2010 07:59 AM

    If love is such a noble & sacred thing ppl R capable of doing these things. This shows that love is nothin but a murderous lie

    Ibnu Batuta Tuesday, 21 September 2010 08:10 AM

    Wherever they go Sri Lankans keep their names.

    malkanthi Tuesday, 21 September 2010 08:23 AM

    Exactly, specially majority of married men, mostly the wealthy are having many mistresses, others though desire to follow, cannot afford to maintain more than one, so criticizing. Of course the real saints are existing.

    malkanthi Tuesday, 21 September 2010 08:27 AM

    Preaching such is simple, but not really easy to practice. Surpressing thy feelings will not help in the long run. Bible says if you lust your neighbour in your mind, you sin. But you can overcome if you do a research on web.

    DXB Tuesday, 21 September 2010 09:00 AM

    If implemented in our country , some more innocents get killed instead of criminals


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