Life for cleaver mur­der

Court told of at­tempts to aid ISIS and Al Qaeda

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By Ali Al Shouk The hus­band of the Reem Ghost has been sen­tenced to life in prison for wiring Dhs1 mil­lion to ISIS and pro­claim­ing him­self the ter­ror group’s ‘Prince in the UAE’.

Mo­hammed Al Habashi Al Hashemi, 34, was con­victed at the UAE Fed­eral Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day of seven-ter­ror re­lated of­fences, in­clud­ing plot­ting to blow up Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit and IKEA on Yas Is­land.

Al Hashemi was mar­ried to Alaa Al Hashemi, who was dubbed the ‘Reem Ghost’ af­ter killing Amer­i­can teacher Ibolya Ryan in Boutik Mall on Reem Is­land in Abu Dhabi, in Novem­ber 2014.

She was caught on the mall’s CCTV ghost­ing into the shop­ping cen­tre in full niqab and calmly strolling back out mo­ments af­ter stab­bing Ryan to death.

She was also con­victed of plant­ing a bomb out­side the home of an Egyp­tianAmer­i­can doc­tor on Abu Dhabi Cor­niche, on De­cem­ber 1, 2014.

Alaa Al Hashemi was ex­e­cuted in July 2015.

In the case of Mo­hammed Al Habashi Al Hashemi, the State Se­cu­rity Court had heard how he, along with his wife, had pledged al­le­giance to ISIS leader Abu Baker Al Bagh­dadi in a voice record­ing posted on­line. He was also con­victed of plan­ning to as­sas­si­nate a se­nior fig­ure in the UAE gov­ern­ment, some­time prior to his ar­rest on Novem­ber 22, 2014.

A state se­cu­rity of­fi­cer told the court how the de­fen­dant also de­clared him­self an ‘ISIS Prince in the UAE’.

A sec­ond wit­ness tes­ti­fied that lap­tops be­long­ing to the man con­tained ev­i­dence of con­tin­ued com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween him and web­sites be­long­ing to ISIS and Al Qaeda.

The court heard that Al Hashemi sent be­tween Dhs800,000 and Dhs1 mil­lion to a mem­ber of ISIS in Ye­men in sup­port of their cause and that he sought help to join ISIS in Iraq or Syria.

He was also found guilty of man­u­fac­tur­ing ex­plo­sives, ac­cess­ing ter­ror­ist and pro­hib­ited sites and giv­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port to Al Qaeda, pro­mot­ing Al Qaeda and ISIS on­line by post­ing images of the ISIS flag and lec­tures by Al Bagh­dadi and writ­ing texts en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to carry out ter­ror­ist acts. A labourer has been jailed for life for mur­der­ing an­other worker with a meat cleaver. The 22-year-old Pak­istani killed the vic­tim, also from Pak­istan, fol­low­ing a row at their labour camp in Al Qu­sais, Dubai. Po­lice said the vic­tim had been sex­u­ally abus­ing the de­fen­dant while he was asleep and when the man found out he hit the vic­tim re­peat­edly with the cleaver. The court or­dered that the de­fen­dant be de­ported af­ter serv­ing his time in jail.

EX­E­CUTED: The ‘Reem Ghost’

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