Malappuram (Kerala): In a rare gesture of clemency, a Malayali family here has pardoned a Pakistani national facing capital punishment in a jail in UAE for murdering their relative 25 years ago. The chances of 70-year-old Akhtar Hussein being spared of the punishment have brightened as the siblings of the youth he killed will soon be submitting the papers for pardon in the Sharia court in the UAE.
Hussein was handed down the death sentence by the Sharia court in Al Ain in 1980 for murdering Murat of Pothiyilthodi family of Thazhekode near here. Murat, then in the prime of youth, was murdered by Hussein while trying to foil a robbery bid by the Pakistani at a restaurant where the Keralite was working.
Hussein had come to loot the hotel along with a compatriot, one Mushtaq. Murat and a fellow worker overpowered Mushtaq and tied his hands. In a bid to help Mushtaq, Hussein, who was fleeing with the booty, returned and stabbed Murat fatally in the back.
According to Murat’s brother, P C Khalid, the family recently came to know that his borther’s killer was still languishing in prison.
"We thought he would have undergone his fate. But only recently we came to know that he was still in prison. He has already suffered for long. We are not going to gain anything out of his death," Khalid told PTI, when asked what prompted the family to take a merciful view of the case.