Obaida suspect will be tried formurder
Attorney General calls for death sentence
Dubai’s Attorney General has called for the death penalty for a man suspected of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering a young boy in a crime that shocked the community.
Essam Al Humaidan said the investigation into the death of Obaida Al Aqrabawi is complete and there is overwhelming evidence to convict the primary suspect, named earlier by police as Nedal Issa Abdullah, 48.
Obaida, seven, was found strangled under a tree in the Al Warqa area of Dubai last month. Police believe that he had been kidnapped from outside his home in Sharjah’s Industrial Area 8 two days before the discovery of his body.
Obaida’s father, Ibrahim Al Aqrabawi, 43, last night told 7DAYS that he would not rest until there is justice for his son.
He said: “I can’t wait for the court ruling, only then will the nightmare be over.
“This crime has left a painful mark on my family. I don’t work anymore, I can’t concentrate. I keep thinking about the case.
“Once it is over, I will return to Jordan for several months.”
In a statement issued by Dubai Media Office yesterday, Al Humaidan said Abdullah had admitted to the crimes and even re-enacted for investigators how he had killed Obaida.
He said: “A 48-year-old Jordanian was referred to Dubai Criminal Court on charges of kidnapping, attempting to sexually assault the boy and first degree murder.”
Al Humaidan added: “Public Prosecution has finished its investigation into Obaida’s murder in less than two weeks and calls for a speedy trial. “Public Prosecution examined the case and listened to a detailed testimony from Obaida’s father, Ibrahim Al Aqrabawi, his uncle and all of the police officers involved in the case.” He added: “Prosecutors will demand the death penalty. He has already pleaded guilty to all charges and there is sufficient evidence, from witnesses and forensics, to prove that he committed the crime.” The defendant was also charged with driving with drunk.
GRIEF: The family after Obaida’s death, and below, a picture of Nedal Abdullah released by police