Obaida kil­ler changes story and tells court: I didn’t rape the boy

Cave and glasshouse planned for new park

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - Ali Al Shouk. writes

A new cave and glasshouse project cost­ing Dhs100 mil­lion has been ap­proved for the up­com­ing Qu­ran Park in Dubai. The 60-hectare project is lo­cated in Al Khawa­neej and the glasshouse con­tains plants men­tioned in the Qu­ran and the Sun­nah of Prophet Mo­hammed. The project con­sists of 12 gar­dens and have so­lar trees with a unique de­sign in­spired by the Arab and Is­lamic cal­lig­ra­phy. The so­lar trees con­tain so­lar pan­els and Wi-Fi sys­tem with fa­cil­ity for charg­ing mo­bile phones and shaded seats for vis­i­tors. Hus­sain Nasser Lootah, Direc­tor Gen­eral of Dubai Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, which is build­ing the park, said it will rep­re­sent a “great achieve­ment for the city of Dubai in the field of land­scap­ing”. A man sen­tenced to death for mur­der­ing and rap­ing seven-year-old Obaida Al Aqrabawi has told an ap­peal court that he did kill the boy – but did not kid­nap or rape him,

Nedal Ab­dul­lah, 48 – who has pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted rape – was speak­ing be­fore Dubai Court of Ap­peal yes­ter­day. The hear­ing came af­ter pre­sid­ing Judge Eissa Mo­hammed Al Sharif asked Ab­dul­lah if he killed Obaida and he ad­mit­ted the killing again. “Yes I killed him. I didn’t rape him or kid­nap him but I had con­sumed al­co­hol,” Ab­dul­lah said in the court­room. Ab­dul­lah, who looked con­fused and tired in court as he ap­peared with a long beard, ad­mit­ted to drink­ing up to five bot­tles of vodka over the two days between Obaida’s dis­ap­pear­ance in Shar­jah and the dis­cov­ery of his body in Dubai’s Al Warqa sub­urb on May 22. But Ab­dul­lah claimed Obaida got into his car will­ingly. Ear­lier last month, Ab­dul­lah’s lawyer asked the judge to re­fer his client for a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion, adding that Ab­dul­lah has tried to com­mit sui­cide twice in the past, with both at­tempts in 1999. Ab­dul­lah had pre­vi­ously said in court that he could not re­call what had hap­pened, but did not dis­pute pros­e­cu­tors’ claims about the rape. The ap­peal court said the date of the next hear­ing would be an­nounced soon. Obaida’s fa­ther at­tended the hear­ing but did not speak. He has pre­vi­ously asked that Ab­dul­lah be hanged in pub­lic. Death sen­tence cases are au­to­mat­i­cally heard by the ap­peal court and the last­stage cas­sa­tion court. Ab­dul­lah re­mains in cus­tody at Dubai’s Al Awir Cen­tral Jail.

ON TRIAL: Nedal Ab­dul­lah; (top) Obaida

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