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Kerala Nurse's Death Penalty: Yemen Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal, Delhi HC Urges Centre To Work On Mother's Request To Visit Yemen

The Indian nurse from Kerala, Nimisha Priya, has been convicted of murdering a Yemeni national Talal Abdo Mahdi, who died in July 2017 after she injected him with sedatives in order to get her passport from his possession.

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Nimisha Priya, an Indian nurse from Kerala
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In connection to a case of murdering a Yemeni national against an Indian nurse, Nimisha Priya, the Supreme Court of Yemen has rejected her appeal against the death sentence.Since 2017, Priya has been imprisoned in Yemen for the murder of a Yemeni national Talal Abdo Mahdi after she injected him with sedatives in an attempt to retrieve her passport from his possession.

As the latest development in the case, the Delhi High Court urged the Centre on Thursday to take a decision within a week on a request to travel to Yemen from the mother of the Kerala woman who is on death row.

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The lawyer for the central government informed the court that the top court in Yemen on November 13 dismissed the appeal of Nimisha Priya, who was working as a nurse in the West Asian country, against her sentence.

About the murder case

Priya has been convicted of murdering Talal Abdo Mahdi, who died in July 2017 after she injected him with sedatives in order to get her passport from his possession.

It was stated that Priya injected him with sedatives so that she could take her passport from him while he was unconscious. However, he died of an overdose.

Priya's mother seeks permission to travel to Yemen

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Priya's mother moved the high court earlier this year, seeking permission to travel to Yemen in spite of a travel ban for Indian nationals and negotiate the "blood money" to save her daughter.

Blood money refers to the compensation paid by an offender or his kin to the family of the victim.

On Thursday, the Centre's lawyer said according to a notification issued recently, the travel ban may be relaxed and Indian nationals may be allowed to travel to Yemen for specific reasons and durations.

"In view of the representation, let the present petition be treated as a representation. Respondent is directed to decide the representation within one week from today," Justice Subramonium Prasad ordered.

The petitioner, represented by lawyer Subash Chandaran K R, had told the court earlier that the only way to save her daughter from the gallows was to negotiate with the deceased's family by paying blood money and for which she has to travel to Yemen but due to the travel ban, she is unable to go there.

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