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Posted On: 5 August 2009 12:50 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Insurance firm’s blood money plea denied

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A Doha criminal court has rejected a request made by an insurance company asking that it should not be held responsible for payment of blood money to the family of a cyclist who died in a car accident. The court found a drunken motorist, a Sri Lankan, responsible for the accident. He was sentenced to six months imprisonment and fined QR10,000. The motorist failed to attend his trial but his confession of drunk driving was recorded by police and public prosecution. The accident took place on June 27 last year in Khalifa town. The insurance firm said the motorist drove the car under the influence of liquor “against the terms of the comprehensive insurance contract signed with the suspect’s company – which owns the car”. The court turned down the request and ordered the convict, jointly with the insurance company, to pay QR200,000. Judge Mamon Hamour explained that the conviction of the motorist does not prevent the criminal court from asking the insurance company to pay blood money, jointly with the suspect. Judge Hamour said: “The insurance company, if it wants, is free to take the case to the relevant civil court against the suspect or his company – the owner of the car.”