Ruler’s sup­port for grief-stricken fam­ily

Fa­ther of mur­dered Obaida says Shar­jah leader promised jus­tice as rel­a­tives strug­gle to cope

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi

The fa­ther of a young boy who was ab­ducted and found stran­gled in Dubai has spo­ken of his grat­i­tude af­ter the Ruler of Shar­jah paid his con­do­lences.

HH Dr Sheikh Sul­tan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Coun­cil Mem­ber and Ruler of Shar­jah, yes­ter­day met the fam­ily of Obaida Al Aqrabawi (in­set) in a mourn­ing tent near the fam­ily’s home in In­dus­trial Area 8.

Ibrahim Al Aqrabawi told 7DAYS that the Sheikh Sul­tan sat with him for some 50 min­utes and spoke with the fam­ily about their loss.

Al Aqrabawi told 7DAYS af­ter the meet­ing: “I am blessed to be liv­ing in the UAE, but the loss is un­bear­able.

“Dr Sheikh Sul­tan ex­pressed dur­ing the visit that the crime has left a painful mark on the en­tire com­mu­nity. He of­fered his whole­hearted sym­pa­thy and sup­port as well as the sol­i­dar­ity of the en­tire com­mu­nity.

“He told us that jus­tice will be served to our son’s killer.”

The heart­bro­ken dad added: “It is so sad to come to the re­al­i­sa­tion that my son is gone.”

Obaida, aged 7, van­ished from out­side his home on Fri­day, May 20. He was found dead un­der a tree in the Al Warqa area of Dubai on May 22, Dubai Po­lice said.

A Jor­da­nian man, Nedal Issa Ab­dul­lah, 48, has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der.

It’s claimed that Ab­dul­lah tried to sex­u­ally as­sault Obaida af­ter lur­ing him away from play­ing out­side his fa­ther’s car busi­ness. Po­lice claim Ab­dul­lah stran­gled Obaida be­fore dump­ing his body. Al Aqrabawi went on: “At the mo­ment, all I think about is my fam­ily. My wife and two daugh­ters are my pri­mary con­cern. “My el­dest daugh­ter, Aya, 6, doesn’t be­lieve the news un­til now. She’s in denial. “My other daugh­ter, Tala, aged three, is too young to un­der­stand ex­actly what hap­pened, but she knows Obaida is not com­ing home.” Raid Al Aqrabawi, Ibrahim’s brother, also said: “All fam­ily mem­bers are sad­dened by Obaida’s un­ex­pected death. Every fam­ily mem­ber is in shock, in so much pain.” Dubai Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion is ex­am­in­ing the case against Ab­dul­lah but he is ex­pected to face kid­nap and mur­der charges.

CON­DO­LENCES: HH Sheikh Sul­tan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Shar­jah (left), with Obaida’s fa­ther Ibrahim

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