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‘Blood money only option left to save Kerala nurse on death row in Yemen,’ says lawyer

Nimisha Priya, a skilled nurse from Kerala’s Palakkad district, resided in Yemen along with her partner Tony Thomas and their daughter. Picture Courtesy: @ians_india/X.com

One of many solely strategies to avoid wasting the nurse from Kerala on dying row in Yemen is to barter a deal involving “blood money” with the kin of the sufferer, mentioned the lawyer who has requested a Delhi courtroom to permit her mom to journey to the nation.

Nimisha Priya faces the dying penalty for the homicide of a Yemeni nationwide and their Supreme Courtroom has dismissed her attraction. A direct negotiation with the sufferer’s household now stays the one approach ahead underneath the Shariah regulation prevalent in Yemen, lawyer Subhash Chandran mentioned. Nonetheless, that too is simpler mentioned than accomplished.

“There is a travel ban to Yemen since 2016 due to which Indian citizens cannot visit Yemen without the permission of the Indian government. So we are not able to reach out to the victim’s family for the blood money negotiation,” mentioned Chandran, who’s a part of the discussion board comprising politicians, businessmen, activists, and expatriates in search of justice for Nimisha.

“Blood money” is the compensation to be determined by the sufferer’s household to safe her launch. However for this negotiation, it’s essential for her mom to journey to Yemen and the Delhi Excessive Courtroom has urged the Centre to determine inside per week on the request from her mom.

Nimisha’s mom, who works as a home assist for a household in Kochi, has bought her property to struggle the case, mentioned Chandran, including that a number of activists and expatriates shaped the Nimisha Priya Worldwide Motion Council in 2023 to make sure she will get justice.

The discussion board is now requesting the central authorities and the overseas ministry to barter with the sufferer’s household. “We are ready to pay, but considering the political situation in Yemen, the government is the appropriate authority for the negotiation,” he mentioned.

Nimisha was convicted of killing Talal Abdo Mahdi after she injected him with sedatives in an try and retrieve her passport from his possession. She stays in a Yemeni jail for the reason that 2017 homicide.

“In 2017, internal conflict began in Yemen and her husband and child had returned to India. She was alone that time when her sponsor started abusing and torturing her physically and financially. He had confiscated her passport and she was unable to escape from there,” mentioned Chandran.

“To get her passport back, she tried to sedate him but an overdose led to his death. That was the time of an internal conflict in Yemen and she did not get proper legal defence. Sanaa, the city where was she underwent trial, was under the control of the Houthi rebels,” added the lawyer. “She’s a victim of war.”



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