Atul Aneja

DUBAI: A local court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sentenced the captain of an Indian ship to life imprisonment following an incident in February that led to the death of a sailor.

Apart from Jitendra Malhotra, the captain, who was awarded life imprisonment, five other crew members were sentenced to five-year imprisonment.

Jurisdiction

The UAE courts in Fujairah had taken over the jurisdiction of the case, following an incident on a Norwegian oil tanker, which was stationed in international waters off the Emirates.

The sentenced persons were apparently involved in beating to death Sudheer Nonia Jagannathan, a sailor on board the ship that was coming from the New Mangalore Port and was to dock at the Fujairah Port.

Appeal to be filed

They are filing an appeal as Jagannathan's family has pardoned them. The court, however, did not take cognisance of the pardon as the Maharashtra Government had not certified and attested it.