Killer’s life in prison verdict slashed to three years

June 6, 2010

Al Dossary's picture and car

Bahrain’s Court of Appeals on Sunday reduced the sentence of a Bangladeshi convicted of killing a Bahraini national with a grinder from life in prison to three years.

The life-term ruling issued in September 2009 was slashed after the defendant’s lawyer, Fatima Al Hawwaj, argued that her client, Mohammad Babul, should be tried for manslaughter instead of premeditated murder, a charge that carries a three- year sentence.

Babul, 38, has consistently denied the first-degree murder of Mohammad Jassim Al Dossary on May 24, 2008.

According to court documents, the Bangladeshi mechanic slashed Al Dossary’s neck with a metal grinder during a heated argument over 500 fils (ONE dollar and 272 cents) at a workshop in Hamad Town, 23 kilometres south west of Manama.

A medical report said that Al Dossary had a 15cm cut on the right side of his neck, a broken spinal cord and several torn muscles, ligaments and tissue. The injuries were the result of a forceful use of a grinder, doctors said.

Al Hawwaj argued that her client did not intend to kill Al Dossary who in the heat of the argument allegedly pushed Babul who was holding the grinder.

The death of Al Dossary sparked highly emotional reactions by Bahrainis who called for a complete a ban on hiring Bangladeshis allegedly on the grounds of their violent attitudes. The interior ministry three days later said that it would not renew Bangladeshis’ work permits after their expiry.

The decision caused grave concerns among the 90,000 member community and was immediately rejected by human rights activists who said that it was not fair to the tens of thousands of law-abiding Bangladeshis earning a decent living in the country and that it could fuel discrimination against expatriate communities. The ban was lifted weeks later.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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