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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Verdict Looming In Senator's Case

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A ruling is expected next week in the case of a Federation Council senator who was involved in a traffic accident that killed a Vietnamese woman last month, officials said Monday.

Alexander Popov, 53, was in Dubai on a private visit when he ran over the 22-year-old tailor, Nthi-hien, as she crossed a busy road Jan. 15. She died in a hospital a few days later and her body was repatriated to Hanoi on Jan. 28.

Popov, who was detained by the prosecution following the death, was freed after he agreed to pay the blood money in the event of a guilty verdict, sources close to the case said.

Under Sharia, or Islamic law, a person who causes the death of another must pay financial compensation, or blood money, to the victim's family. The amount is set by a court of law. Currently, the blood money payable to the relatives of a road accident victim in the Emirates is 150,000 dirhams ($41,000).

The court, which held a second hearing Monday, is expected to issue its ruling next Monday.