The Indian Embassy in Riyadh has denied reports that Sabir Ansari, an Indian national, had been sentenced to death for killing a compatriot in Saudi Arabia.

“We have checked our records about Indians on death row, and the name of Sabir Ansari is not on the list,” sources in the embassy told PTI.

Earlier, reports said Ansari was convicted of killing Mohammed Sharik by a court in Saudi Arabia, and the execution was scheduled for June 18. The reports said Sharik, who hails from Bulandshahr, was stabbed to death in Riyadh on June 7 by Ansari of Muzaffarnagar district. He was sentenced to death on June 11, the reports said.

An official said the verdict in such cases took years to come, and the death sentence in such a short time seemed unlikely.

“There are several stages before such a case gets to the Supreme Council, and then to the King. All this cannot happen so soon.”

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