Mangalore man walks free after 26 years in Dubai prison
Silvestar was jailed for killing his employer after heated arguments over difference in salary
After spending 26 years in Dubai prison on death row, a fifty-six years old Indian prisoner walked free on Wednesday, after pardoned by the Dubai Ruler on the occasion of the UAE National Day.
Simon Joseph Silvestar was released from Al Awir Central Jail after he repeatedly sent mercy petitions every Christmas to the authorities and will be celebrating Christmas with his family in Mangalore, Khaleej Times reported.
The Mangalore man was sentenced to death on December 23, 1990 after killing his employer after heated arguments over difference in salary.
A dispute between the two about a Dh500 difference in Joseph's monthly salary led to a heated argument and Joseph hit the doctor's head with an ashtray, leading his death later over brain haemorrhage.
The release of Silvestar, whose identity was inmate number 45598 for decades, was confirmed by an official of the Directorate General of Punitive and Correctional Establishments, the report added.
The report said members of a community church in Dubai had raised Dh70,000 to pay blood money to the relatives of the doctor.
After the release of Joseph, the Indian consulate in Dubai offred him a ticket and outpass to exit the country.
The family members of Silvestar said he has been regretting this incident for 28 years now.
"He took a flight to India on Thursday morning. This is his long cherished dream and all the inmates in the Al Awir jail are happy about his release," a friend of the prisoner was quoted by Khaleej Times as saying.
Meanwhile, Silvestar claims to have mastered at least 15 languages through interaction with other prisoners during his stay in Al Awir Central Jail.