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Suitcase killers lose appeal against death penalty

Bahrain News
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
Noor Zahra
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TWO Bangladeshi murderers have lost an appeal against the death penalty following a retrial.

Roubel Al Salam and Kamrol Miah tied up their victim, gagged him and beat him to death over an unpaid debt of BD50.

The body of the victim, fellow Bangladeshi Haris Kanu Miah, 30, was then stuffed in a suitcase and buried at a worksite at Al Louzy housing project, in Hamad Town, on June 14, 2014.

It was discovered in a badly decomposed state on August 3 the same year, after a passer-by reported a foul smell.

Both defendants were found guilty of premeditated murder by the High Criminal Court in 2015 and the verdict was upheld by the Supreme Criminal Appeals Court in October the same year.

The case then went before the Cassation Court, Bahrain’s highest court, which referred it back to the appeals court to be tried by a new panel of judges.

However, the court again upheld the ruling yesterday.

“Defence lawyers did not present any new evidence to prove the defendants were not guilty or cast doubt in the case,” stated the appeal court ruling.

“The deceased had a dispute with his roommates, who confessed to killing him after he failed to pay BD50.

“The two defendants said Mr Miah had been sharing a room with them for three months and owed them money.

“They then planned and carried out the murder.”

The defendants also stole the victim’s wallet and mobile phone.

Court documents revealed they planned to kill Mr Miah on several occasions, but had to repeatedly postpone due to the presence of others.

Mr Al Salam previously told prosecutors he was promised a large sum of money for his involvement.

However, he claimed the original agreement was to abduct the victim and hold him for a ransom – not to kill him.

The defendants, a labourer and a cleaner, were also convicted of assault, theft and staying in the country illegally.

An Indian pick-up driver earlier told prosecutors the defendants were carrying the suitcase, presumably with the victim’s body inside, when he gave them a lift on the day of the murder.

He said the suitcase was bound with rope and covered in duct tape and cloth.

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