Eight Nigerians have been sentenced to death for armed robberies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to Khaleej Times in the UAE, the Criminal Court of Sharjah sentenced them to death following a string of armed robberies at money exchanges and cash machines in December 2016.
Judge Majid Al Muhairi of Sharjah Criminal Court in his ruling accused them of armed robbery, public assault and forcefully seizing of money.
Nine persons were actually involved in the criminal act, but the ninth person was however sentenced to only 6 months in jail for possession of the stolen money. He would also be deported after he completes his jail term.
The Police in UAE reportedly tracked the suspects using surveillance cameras, which they eventually used to discover their fingerprint.
Dh1.8million (over N170million) in cash was stolen by the convicts.
Out of the 20 persons arrested for the crime, only 8 was convicted, while the ninth suspect would only serve 6 months jail term for transferring Dh60,000 (about N5.8million) to an account in Nigeria on behalf of a suspect’s brother.
The death sentence could however be appealed and could be reduced to life imprisonment instead (as reported by Gulf News).
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