July 23, 2015
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
A United Arab Emirates court sentenced an Emirati woman to death on Monday after convicting her of the jihadist-inspired murder of an American teacher, Abu Dhabi newspaper The National reported.
Alaa Bader al-Hashemi was found guilty of stabbing to death teacher Ibolya Ryan, 47, in a shopping mall toilet, as well as “creating a handmade bomb” she placed in front of an Egyptian-American doctor’s home, the paper said.
The ruling was made by the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi, which means it cannot be appealed.
The attacks took place within hours of each other in the UAE capital on December 1. Hashemi was arrested by Abu Dhabi CID during a raid at her home three days after the incident.
Hashemi “was also found guilty of sending money to Al-Qaeda in Yemen, knowing the funds would be used in terrorist acts,” The National said.
Hashemi, surrounded by four police officers, “showed no emotion as the verdict and sentence were announced,” the daily said.
“As she was led from court she smiled and waved at her father and brother, who were in court to witness the proceedings.”
International media have been denied access to her trial. which began in March.
Hashemi had asked the court to provide her with psychological help, saying she had “unreal visions” and would see “ghost-like people” due to a chronic mental illness.
The court ordered psychiatric tests which it said showed she was aware of her actions.
April 18, 2014
The death sentence on a man who deliberately ran over and killed a 12-year-old boy has been overturned.
The Court of Cassation sent the case back to the Court of Appeal to reconsider the sentence.
The driver, a Pakistani expatriate, had been sitting in his car in Musaffah in October 2012 when 3 boys opened the door and threw in a pile of rubbish.
The children ran away and were joined by a 4th boy, Hazaa Khaled from Sudan. The driver believed Hazaa had thrown the rubbish, drove after the boy and knocked him down.
He denied denied intending to kill the boy, and said he meant only to scare him and was driving at only 40kph. However, scientific evidence showed the car’s impact was so powerful that it crushed the boy’s skull.
Abu Dhabi Criminal Court found the man guilty of manslaughter and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. He was also ordered to pay blood money of Dh200,000 and compensation of Dh21,000 to the boy’s parents.
The case then went to the appeals court, which sentenced him to death.
(source: The National)
February 19, 2014: Emirati football player Fayez Juma, who was sentenced to death, has been pardoned by the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi. He has been sentenced to three years in jail and ordered to fast for two consecutive months, as per Shariah law.
Fayez’s lawyer Salem Obaid Sahooh told Khaleej Times that his client has already completed three years in jail and fasted for two months. “The ruling will be sent to The Sharjah Central Public Prosecution and then to the jail, following which he will be released.”
The victim’s family pardoned the football player in an official statement in front of the head of the Sharjah Shariah Court, after which it was referred to the Abu Dhabi Federal Supreme Court.
In June, 2011, the Abu Dhabi Supreme Court overturned a Sharjah Appeal Court acquittal and sentenced Fayez to death for murdering his neighbour in a case dating back to 2008. After the ruling, Sahooh filed a review petition, following which the victim’s family pardoned him “for the sake of God”. They did not receive any blood-money.
According to police reports, three men, including Fayez, overpowered Jasem Yousif, during a fight at a parking lot in Sharjah’s Riffa area on May 16, 2008. He was later stabbed to death.
He was first convicted by the Sharjah Court of First Instance on March 25, 2009, and was sentenced to death along with six other defendants, including his brother.
On October 26, 2009, the Sharjah Court of Appeal acquitted him and another player, Mohammed Najeeb, but upheld the death sentence against his brother Musa Juma and Mohammed Bilal — both former players.
Following his acquittal, Fayez re-joined Sharjah FC’s training sessions, but the family of the deceased filed an appeal and he was rearrested on May 17, 2010. Meanwhile, the player’s defence lawyer contested his arrest.
On October 28 last year, the Sharjah Court of Appeal reduced his death sentence to a year in jail and fined him Dh10,000.