One of them is in Central Jail since 1985; son hopes for pardon

Seven Indians are among 24 death row convicts currently languishing in jail here, with execution yet to be carried out, a media report said.

Of the seven, Paul George Nadar, now 64, who is in Central Jail since 1985, has become the longest-serving convict on death row in the Emirate. Like him, another Indian, Anil Motyati Adho, 38, has been in Dubai's prison since 1999, the Gulf News publication, Xpress reported.

In fact, Nadar's case dates back to October 10, 1985, when he got into a fight with some people of Pakistani origin. The Indian carpenter, working for a firm, set fire to their shanty walls. Two women and seven children were killed in the incident. The following morning Nadar was arrested. The ‘arson killer,' as he came to be known, was charged, and subsequently given capital punishment. But, his death sentence is yet to be carried out.

“Definitely I regret what happened. My father will be completing 25 years in prison this October and I hope he will be pardoned and released,” Nadar's son Subharajan, an engineer with a private Dubai firm, said.

Five of these cases, including the recent one of a child rape-murder, are still under appeal.

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