NRI tycoon Yusuff Ali saves Kerala man from capital punishment in Abu Dhabi, compensates accident victim's kin
Truly God's own country! Indian businessman and Lulu group MP Yusuff Ali's gesture towards fellow Kerala man has brought a smile in the coastal state as he gave a new lease of life to Becks Krishnan by paying Rs 1 crore to the accident victim's family. Becks Krishnan, 45, was awarded a death sentence by Abu Dhabi after his car rammed and killed a Sudan national in 2012.
Kerala, the state which is referred as God's own country for its unique and well-disciplined state for holding onto the principles of 'all are equal', 'all need to prosper' and respect one another, has once again set a precedent for displaying true statesmanship after businessman Yusuff Ali saved a fellow Kerala man from capital punishment.
Ali paid compensation of 500,000 Dirhams (Rs 1 crore) to the accident victim's family to get Krishnan freed from Al Wathba jail.
In 2013, Becks Krishnan, a native from Thrissur district was awarded the death penalty by Abu Dhabi court in connection with car accident that claimed the life of a young Sudan-origin boy. The court after examining the CCTV footage of the 7-9-2012 incident in which Krishnan while heading to Musaffah for a meeting, lost control and hit kids playing on the roadside leading to boy's death, was awarded capital punishment.
After Krishnan's family contacted Yusuff Ali to persuade the victim's family, kept their hopes alive of pardon from capital punishment and safe return. Yusuff in order to save his fellow Keralite, had to fly to the African country as the victim's family had moved back a few years after the incident. After tracing and months of talks, there was a breakthrough and in January, the compensation was paid, the victim's parents pardoned Krishnan for blood money and the same was stated before the court seeking mercy. On June 9, Krishnan returned to Kerala and reunited with his family.
"This is my second life. I'm thankful to Yusuff Ali, who has been pursuing the case and negotiating with the victim's family over the last several months," Becks Krishnan was quoted as saying.
Immediately after this news was out, it spread like a wildfire across Kerala and Malayalee circles in Gulf nations and across the world.
Reacting to the development, the businessman was quoted saying,"We had to convince both the parents. And they agreed on the blood money after protracted negotiations over several months."
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