Capital punishment in the United Arab Emirates

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Capital punishment is legal in the United Arab Emirates. The UAE performs executions for multiple crimes. The sole method of execution under Emirati law is firing squad. Current law allows the death penalty for treason, murder, rape, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, terrorism, apostasy from Islam, and drug trafficking, although death sentences are frequently commuted to life sentences. The last execution was in 2014 for murder.[1] It was carried out by firing squad in a prison.


  1. ^ "Sri Lankan executed in UAE for murder". Arab News. Retrieved 23 April 2014.