Tuesday, April 08, 2014

UAE Appeals Court Says Murder Conviction To Be Decided By Sharia Procedure

The National reported yesterday that in the United Arab Emirates the appeals court has held that a trial court murder conviction of two cousins who allegedly shot an Omani while on a desert hunting trip was supported by strong suspicion but not by a confession or by witnesses to the crime. So the court held that guilt or innocence should be determined by the Sharia procedure of Qasama. According to the report:
During Qasama, the victim’s heirs are asked to swear a religious oath a total of 50 times that they believe the defendant killed the victim. They also have the choice of reverting the Qasama back to the defendant and making them take the oath 50 times that they did not commit it. If they decline from either option then the case is dropped.