Obaida killer as­signed new lawyer

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The Dubai Ap­peals Court has as­signed a new lawyer to rep­re­sent a Jor­da­nian man sen­tenced to death for sex­u­ally as­sault­ing and mur­der­ing seven-year-old Obaida Al Aqrabawi in May. Nedal Issa Ab­dul­lah, 48, re­ceived the death sen­tence at Dubai Court of First In­stance in Au­gust. His new lawyer Ali Mus­abbeh Dahi re­quested a copy of the case file to pre­pare his ar­gu­ments and his re­quests. The pre­sid­ing judge told po­lice of­fi­cers yes­ter­day to bring the Jor­da­nian from his jail cell af­ter he failed to show up to the hear­ing. The court ad­journed the trial to Oc­to­ber 23. Ab­dul­lah’s pre­vi­ous lawyer Om­ran Dar­wish had said that he won’t rep­re­sent him in the ap­peal hear­ing. “I hope the court won’t as­sign me again to rep­re­sent him. It’s a hard task,” said Dar­wish.

VIC­TIM: Obaida (above) was raped and mur­dered by Nedal Issa Ab­dul­lah in May

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