Ruler’s support for grief-stricken family
Father of murdered Obaida says Sharjah leader promised justice as relatives struggle to cope
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