Fascinating also is the fact that violence there is related to the illegal bootlegging business.
A court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced 17 Indian nationals to death for killing a Pakistani man.
The murder took place after a dispute over control of an illegal alcohol business.
About 50 people were involved in the fatal attack in which the Pakistani man was stabbed repeatedly.
Correspondents said gang violence connected to illicit alcohol is on the increase in the UAE, where the sale of such drink is controlled.
Reports said that this could be the highest number of death sentences handed down at one time in the Emirates.The Indian suspects were rounded up by the police immediately after the attack, it was reported, after the surviving victims were able to identify them.
Investigators said they had matched the suspects' DNA to weapons seized at the scene.
The fight was part of a turf war between gangs of alcohol runners, the court said.
Sharjah has the toughest restrictions on the sale of alcohol of all the Emirates - it is completely banned there.
In neighbouring Dubai, which relies on tourism for a large part of its revenue, alcohol consumption is regulated.
But Dubai has also seen violent incidents associated with bootlegging.
In February it was reported that 13 members of an alleged bootlegging gang from the Jebel Ali area of Dubai were accused of kidnapping two rivals, raping them and burying them alive.
What's your opinion? If alcohol were legal, wouldn't these criminals find some other contraband to deal in? Do you find it interesting that the murder was done with a knife and not with a gun? Or was that a ritual thing, repeated stabbings? What do you think?
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