Dubai, March 20 (IANS) An Indian entrepreneur in Qatar offered “blood money” to save the lives of four of his countrymen sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia, a media report said Sunday.
Cheril Krishna Menon, a businessman based in the Qatar capital, offered 6.8 million Qatari rials ($1.8 million) as compensation to save the lives of the Indian nationals sentenced to death by a Saudi Arabian court on charges of killing a compatriot in Riyadh province in 2008.
Menon made the payment through a friend in Saudi Arabia, Gulf News reported citing Qatari daily Gulf Times.
The four Indians sentenced to death are all from Kerala. They were identified as Mohammad Fazaludeen, Mustafa Kunnath, Mohammad Mustafa and Zakir Hussain.
They were accused of killing 24-year-old Mohammad Ashraf, who hailed from Karnataka.
Menon agreed to pay the blood money after a plea from the opposition leader in the Kerala legislative assembly.
“I considered this a true humanitarian act as it involved saving four lives. I would also do whatever possible in future to help further the family of the deceased, if they approach me for any assistance,” Menon was quoted as saying.
Menon is the chairman and managing director of the Behzad Group of Companies in the Middle East, Europe and US, with its headquarters based in Qatar.