Death penalty up­held for man who killed, raped boy

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Is­mail Se­bug­waawo is­[email protected]­j­

abu dhabi — A Pak­istani man, who was con­victed of stran­gling an 11-year-old boy to death after rap­ing him at the rooftop of their Abu Dhabi build­ing, will be ex­e­cuted upon the ap­proval of the Pres­i­dent, His High­ness Sheikh Khal­ifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The Abu Dhabi Court of Cas­sa­tion has up­held the de­ci­sion of the lower courts that handed the death sen­tence to the 33-year-old man, find­ing him guilty of mur­der, rape and a num­ber of other charges.

The rul­ing was sub­mit­ted to the Pres­i­dent for ap­proval, ac­cord­ing to court au­thor­i­ties.

The cas­sa­tion court judge has also can­celled pre­vi­ous de­ci­sions that asked the Pak­istani to pay the Dh200,000 blood money to the vic­tim’s fam­ily.

The judge said in his rul­ing that the court had unan­i­mously made a de­ci­sion to sen­tence the Pak­istani man to death.

“The ex­e­cu­tion will be im­ple­mented based on Is­lamic laws,” said the judge.

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 a build­ing on Muroor Road, where he was stay­ing with his fa­ther and step­mother.

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 said the man dressed as a woman to carry out the at­tack. He then lured the boy into go­ing with him to the rooftop.

A psy­chi­atric re­port said the Pak­istani didn’t suf­fer from any men­tal ill­ness and that he was con­scious, stable and was fully re­spon­si­ble for his ac­tions.

The Abu Dhabi Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion had charged the Pak­istani with pre­med­i­tated mur­der, rape, cross-dress­ing and driv­ing a car with­out a num­ber plate.

Both the Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court of First In­stance and the Ap­peal Court had ear­lier found him guilty on all counts and he was handed the death penalty.

Deny­ing the charges, the man chal­lenged the rul­ing in the Cap­i­tal’s high­est court. “I am in­no­cent and I have never com­mit­ted any crime,” he said.

When the judge asked him about his con­fes­sion at the po­lice and the pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion, the File photo

Pak­istani said it was all done un­der duress. “I was made into con­fess­ing to the crimes by the se­cu­rity of­fi­cers,” said the man.

The lawyer rep­re­sent­ing him also told the court that the pros­e­cu­tors had not pre­sented suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence. The cas­sa­tion court judge, how­ever, re­jected the claims and up­held the pre­vi­ous court rul­ings.

The boy’s Pak­istani fa­ther and Rus­sian mother re­fused to take blood money from the de­fen­dant when court of­fi­cials con­sulted and asked them if they would con­sider par­don­ing the man. They have al­ways in­sisted on hand­ing the death penalty to the killer-rapist.

The court had unan­i­mously made a de­ci­sion to sen­tence the Pak­istani man to death. The ex­e­cu­tion will be im­ple­mented based on Is­lamic laws.”

Cas­sa­tion Court Judge

Abu Dhabi Po­lice re­leased an im­age of the per­son who com­mit­ted the mur­der. —

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