Eight expatriates were sentenced to death in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday for being involved in number of armed robberies at money exchanges and cash machines last year.
A ninth man was sentenced to six months in jail and deportation for possession of stolen money, according to Gulf News.
The Nigerian criminals were of a nine-member gang who entered the money exchanges by force and threatened the staff and members of the public with bladed weapons in 2018.
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The gang had been engaged in a series of robberies across the emirate.
According to the prosecutor as per the UAE law, a group of people who endanger the lives of others while engaging in the robbery are subject to the death penalty, however, an appeal is expected to be filed and the judgements could get lowered to life imprisonment.
The story originally appeared on Gulf News