The man who killed the company’s chairman and chief executive in a bungled robbery on a yacht is said to have threatened to kill his wife and daughters if the UK’s Government didn’t back down.
The former boss of British Aerospace, Sir Patrick Stewart, was stabbed to death in a high-profile robbery in Dubai on Saturday and his wife, Barbara Stewart, died later in hospital.
But the British Government, which has vowed to fight back against a “global evil”, is struggling to find a way to pay back the families of the two men and to give the victims a dignified funeral.
“It is the Government’s intention to pursue justice through all legal means,” said the Foreign Office spokeswoman in a statement.
But the families’ lawyers, who want the murderers to be punished, are still waiting to hear the Government respond to their letter of demand.
Barbara Stewart, 84, died in hospital on Saturday night Sir Patrick Stewart (L) and his daughter Barbara Stewart in the UK The British Government has said it will prosecute the murderers.
Britain’s Home Secretary Kate Hoey said: “We will be pursuing criminal proceedings against those responsible for the killing of Sir Patrick.”
“The Government will do everything it can to make sure that justice is served and we will use every tool in our toolbox to bring to justice those responsible,” she said.
The Foreign Office said it was working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to “help with the repatriation” of the victims’ remains, but it was not immediately clear how the British Embassy would respond to the request.
Sir Terry, who was also the chairman of British Aircraft and chairman of UK Aerospace, died at the scene after he and his son were robbed at gunpoint on the yacht on Friday afternoon.
Two men armed with knives were also believed to have attacked the boat and held the men hostage on board, the Foreign Secretary said.
At least two other men have also been arrested in connection with the incident.
A woman, whose name has not been released, was taken to hospital in Dubai and police have released CCTV images showing two men they say are connected to the robbery.
Police said that they are treating the case as a robbery-for-hire.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has already said he will meet the families on Monday to discuss their request for the UK to pay compensation.
The Foreign Secretary has said he was not going to “play the victim” in this case and that he would be seeking an apology from the British companies, the foreign ministry said in a tweet.
Barbara and Sir Patrick were in the United Arab Emirates to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Dubai International Airshow.
Sir Patrick was born in England and died in New York.
They were married for almost 40 years and had three sons.
A memorial service was planned for Sunday.