THE OBAIDA CASE SO FAR
Nedal Issa Abdullah, 48, is on trial at Dubai Court of First Instance:
On June 20, Abdullah pleaded guilty to raping and killing Obaida. He also admitted drink driving. But he denied kidnapping Obaida on May 20, insisting the boy came with him willingly and the trial continues.
Abdullah refused to attend the court hearing at Dubai Courts on June 27. The judge ordered he be brought from solitary at Dubai Central Jail by force.
Abdullah appeared in court on Monday. Obaida’s father, Ibrahim, 43, gave evidence and told of how he came across Obaida in Abdullah’s car watching cartoons on a phone, in the hours before he vanished.
The next hearing will be on June 18, when four officers who investigated the case will give evidence.