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Asian convict to be executed by firing squad in Qatar

GDN Online Desk

Doha: The Court of Appeal has ordered the execution of an Asian expatriate by firing squad in Qatar for murdering his work colleague.

The first instance court had sentenced him to capital punishment but put off his execution until the victim’s brother reached the legal age and approved the execution.

The postponement of the execution left the door open for the victim's heirs to pardon the convict and accept the blood money, or carry on with the execution.

The Court of Appeal overruled the verdict, ruling that the execution could be carried out without waiting for the underaged brother to grow up as long as the victim’s father is alive.

The Public Prosecution had charged the killer with strangling the victim to death and dumping the body in a desert area after beating him up repeatedly.