LAWYER WILL SEEK DEATH PENALTY FOR OBAIDA KILLER
Lawyer for dead boy’s family calls for death penalty By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi
A lawyer representing the family of Obaida Al Aqrabawi, the seven-year-old boy who was abducted near his home, strangled and later found dead in Dubai, believes the man suspected of murdering will get the death sentence if convicted.
Late on Tuesday night, the Sharjah Consultative Council appointed Obaid Al Mazmi to represent Obaida’s family.
He made his comments at an emotionally-charged press conference in a mourning tent near the family home in Industrial Area 8, Sharjah, at which Obaida’s sisters and cousins carried banners demanding justice for their brother.
Al Mazmi said: “I will push for a civil case and demand the death penalty.
“The suspect (Nedal Issa Abdullah) is facing charges of premeditated murder and kidnapping.
“The Criminal Laboratory will determine whether the boy was sexually assaulted. If proved, the defendant will also be charged with sexual assault.”
He added: “The case will be referred from public prosecution to the courts next week. The court will not take long to issue a verdict. I expect that trial procedures will not take more than four months.”
Meanwhile, the police and the Federal National Council (FNC) have reiterated their full support and solidarity for the Al Aqrabawi family. A number of FNC members were present.
Abdullah, 48, was arrested by Dubai Police on suspicion of murder. It is claimed he tried to rape the Jordanian boy before killing him and dumping the body in the Dubai suburb of Al Warqa.
Ibrahim Al Aqrabawi, the father of the boy, denied reports the suspect was his friend and said he fully trusted in the UAE judicial system.
“We are awaiting the court ruling,” he said.
I will push for a civil case and demand the death penalty – Lawyer Obaid Al Mazmi
EMOTIONAL: Obaida’s family hold up placards at the press conference, where lawyer Obaid Al Mamzi (inset) called for the death penalty