Keralite in UAE saved from death row after Yusuff Ali pays Rs 1 cr blood money
Abu Dhabi: A 45-year-old Keralite, who was on death row in the United Arab Emirates for killing a young Sudanese boy in a road accident in 2012, can't believe that he will be a free man and can return to the country to be with his family.
Becks Krishnan was saved by prominent NRI businessman and philanthropist M A Yusuff Ali who helped to pay his "blood money" amounting nearly Rs one crore.
Becks who hails from Thrissur was sentenced to death by UAE Supreme Court after he was found guilty of killing a young Sudanese boy when he recklessly drove and rammed his car into a group of children in September 2012.
Ever since, his family and friends have been trying hard for Becks' release without any success, especially as the victim's family had already gone back and settled in Sudan, putting an end to any discussion or pardon.
The Krishnan family then approached Yusuff Ali, Chairman of Lulu Group, who went about getting the details of the case and got in touch with all stakeholders.
Ultimately in January 2021, the victim's family in Sudan agreed to pardon Becks Krishnan. Subsequently, Yusuff Ali paid 500,000 Dirhams (Rs one crore approximately) as compensation in the court to secure the man's release, the Lulu group said here in a statement.
Talking to the Indian embassy officials yesterday in Al Watba Jail in Abu Dhabi, a highly emotional Becks could not believe the turn of events.
“It's a re-birth for me, as I had lost all hope of seeing the outside world, let alone a free life. My only wish now is to see Yusuff Ali once before flying to my family," Becks Krishnan was quoted as saying in the statement.
When asked for his comments Yusuff Ali simply thanked almighty for the release of Krishnan and the benevolence of visionary rulers of UAE for the release of Becks Krishnan, and wished him a happy and peaceful life ahead.
All legal procedures related to Becks Krishnan's release have been completed on Thursday and he is expected to travel back to his hometown in Kerala soon, putting an end to nine years of agony for him and his family, a senior official of the Lulu Group told PTI over phone.
Abu Dhabi-based Lulu Group that owns Lulu Hypermarkets and shopping malls, is one of the top retailers in the Middle East and North African region (MENA).