Obaida sus­pect will be tried for­mur­der

At­tor­ney Gen­eral calls for death sen­tence

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

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

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