Lawyer for dead boy’s fam­ily calls for death penalty By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi

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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

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