Monday, May 04, 2009

News of the weird

Gulf News
Dubai: In an unprecedented ruling, a court on Sunday convicted a mother of accidentally killing her foetus in a traffic accident, prompting a prosecutor to stress that the law preserves the right of foetuses to live.

The Dubai Traffic Court of First Instance fined the 27-year-old Lebanese woman Dh2,000 and ordered her to pay Dh20,000 in blood money for accidentally killing her nine-month-old foetus. The blood money is to be paid to the foetus's successors. A person has to pay 10 per cent of blood money for accidentally killing a foetus, according to Sharia. In the UAE, blood money amounts to Dh200,000.

Salah Bu Farousha, Head of the Traffic Public Prosecution, advised women in the third trimester of pregnancy to avoid driving except in cases of urgent need.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The folks at Finsbury must be grinning in glee !

9:38 AM  
Blogger Seabee said...

A very strange verdict, the most confusing of which to me is not only why, but to whom the diyyah goes.

The National has this quote: "Salah Bu Farousha, the chief traffic prosecutor, said the value of the diyyah would be deposited with the court until the legal relatives of the deceased filed a civil case with the Sharia court to claim the money.

He said the Sharia court would determine who the legal heirs were and so who should get the money."

Does the mother end up paying the father? Paying herself?

3:47 PM  
Blogger Peripatetic Engineer said...

The National also said that she was hit from behind. In most places, that would put the driver of the car that hit her at fault. I suspect there was Emirati Justice happening here to find her at fault.

12:28 AM  

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