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Man who raped, killed eight-year-old boy Obaida executed

Nida Eisa Abdullah, 48, was executed this morning, Gulf News has learnt

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The Cassation Court had convicted Abdullah of kidnapping the Jordanian boy Obaida Sedqi (picture) from his father’s auto repair shop in Sharjah on May 20 of last year and driving him to Al Mamzar beachside where he raped him and then strangled him with a red ghutra to death in his car.

Dubai: Nidal Eisa Abdullah, the convict who raped and killed eight-year-old boy Obaida in May 2016, was executed today morning, Gulf News has learnt.

In February, Dubai’s Cassation Court rejected the appeal lodged by the Jordanian convict, Nidal Eisa Abdullah, 48, and upheld his death sentence given by lower courts.

“Today (Thursday) morning, the convict was taken from his confinement at Dubai Central Jail, where he had been waiting for the rulers approval to have the death sentence executed ... a special execution team carried out the sentence in the presence of high ranking officers, senior prosecutors and other involved law enforcement bodies. Justice has been served and the ruling was carried out,” a chief prosecutor confirmed to Gulf News Thursday morning.

Man who raped and killed eight-year-old boy Obaida to be executed

When contacted for further confirmation, the convict’s court-appointed lawyer Ali Musabbah Dahi, who represented Abdullah before the Courts of Cassation and Appeal, also confirmed to Gulf News that the sentence has been carried out.

The Cassation Court had convicted Abdullah of kidnapping the Jordanian boy Obaida Sedqi from his father’s auto repair shop in Sharjah on May 20 of last year and driving him to Al Mamzar beachside where he raped him and then strangled him with a red ghutra to death in his car.

The convict, who was under the influence of alcohol, then took Obaida’s body and threw it under a tree in the outskirts of Dubai.

During his trial, the convict pleaded not guilty. 

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