Death up­held for Cap­i­tal child rapist

Khaleej Times - - FRONT PAGE - is­mail@khalee­j­times.com Is­mail Se­bug­waawo

abu dhabi — The Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court of Ap­peals has up­held the death sen­tence given to a Pak­istani man, who was con­victed of rap­ing and stran­gling an 11-year-old boy to death on a rooftop in Abu Dhabi.

The ap­peal court up­held the ver­dict of the Crim­i­nal Court of First In­stance, which was ini­tially an­nounced in Novem­ber 2017, sen­tenc­ing the 33-year-old man to death af­ter he was found guilty of mur­der, rape and a num­ber of other charges.

“The de­fen­dant has been found guilty of all the charges against him and the court has up­held the rul­ing and sen­tences by the Crim­i­nal Court of First In­stance,” the judge said.

abu dhabi — the abu dhabi ap­peal court on tues­day up­held a death ver­dict against a pak­istani man, who was con­victed of stran­gling a 11-year-old boy to death af­ter rap­ing him at the rooftop of their abu dhabi build­ing.

the ap­peal court up­held the ver­dict of the crim­i­nal court of first in­stance, which sen­tenced the 33-year-old man to death af­ter he was found guilty of mur­der, rape and a num­ber of other charges. the court also or­dered the killer to pay dh200,000 in blood money to the child’s fam­ily.

“the de­fen­dant has been found guilty of all the charges against him and the court has up­held the rul­ing and sen­tences by the crim­i­nal court of first in­stance,” said the abu dhabi ap­peal court judge while is­su­ing the rul­ing.

the pak­istani boy — iden­ti­fied as azan ma­jid — was found miss­ing on june 1, 2017, af­ter he went to a nearby mosque to pray. his body was found the next day on the rooftop of the build­ing on the muroor road where he was stay­ing with his fa­ther and step­mother.

the court records stated that the boy was sex­u­ally abused and stran­gled to death with a rope by the pak­istani na­tional, who is also re­lated to the child.

the po­lice re­vealed that the man cross-dressed to carry out the at­tacks on the child, af­ter lur­ing the boy into go­ing with him to the rooftop of the build­ing.

the abu dhabi pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion had charged the man with pre­med­i­tated mur­der, rap­ing the child, cross-dress­ing and driv­ing a car with­out a num­ber plate.

dur­ing a re­cent ap­peal court hear­ing, the sus­pect pleaded not guilty. the lawyer rep­re­sent­ing him also told the court that he was in­no­cent and that pros­e­cu­tors had not pre­sented suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to prove the charges.

the ap­peal court judge, how­ever, re­jected the claims and main­tained the first rul­ing based on the ev­i­dence pre­sented by the pros­e­cu­tors.

the boy’s par­ents, in­clud­ing his pak­istani fa­ther and rus­sian mother, re­fused to take blood money from the de­fen­dant when the ap­peal court con­sulted them, and in­sisted on the death penalty for the killer.

the ac­cused can still chal­lenge the ex­e­cu­tion sen­tence in the court of cas­sa­tion.

File photo

The con­vict, a rel­a­tive of the 11-year-old boy, cross-dressed to carry out the heinous crime. —

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