Malappuram: Tamil Nadu native Malathi had send a video message with tears of joy to Panakkad Sayyid Munavvar Ali Shihab Thangal, the head of the Muslim Youth League, for saving the life of her husband, whose death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in Kuwait.
Malathi, hailing from Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, extended her gratitude to Thangal and the people of Malappuram for saving Arjun Athimuthu who was on a death row for the murder of Malappuram native Abdul Wajid in Kuwait.
The other day, Malathi and Munavvar Ali Shihab Thangal got official confirmation that the death sentence of Arjun had been commuted to life imprisonment. Arjun, who is in jail, also contacted Malathi over phone after a gap of six years.
A Kuwait court had awarded death sentence to Arjun for killing Abdul Wajid following a bitter altercation in 2013.
Following the intervention of Munavvar Ali Shihab Thangal, Wajid's family pardoned Arjun and the requisite supporting documents were submitted to the Kuwaiti authorities.
The blood money of Rs 30 lakh, out of which Rs 27 lakh was collected from people of Malappuram and non-resident Indians, was handed over to the victim’s relatives. Malathi could not raise the huge amount as she was a daily wager and struggling to meet ends.