The 17 Indians on death row in the UAE for killing a Pakistani may soon be set free as arbitrating members of the Indian community have reached a preliminary understanding with victim's family over payment of Pakistani Rs.8 crore as blood money.

Khan was killed in a turf war over illegal liquor trade. Three others were injured in the fight.

The Sharjah court hearing the case said on Wednesday that it would receive pardon papers for the convicts next week.

“The Honourable Judge Abdullah Al Shamsi took note of this important development and ruled that the Court would now convene on 27th July to receive the pardon papers and meet other formalities,” a statement from the Consulate General of India in Dubai said.