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Timeline of the Obaida murder case

Timeline of the Obaida murder case

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May 20, 2016

Eight-year-old Jordanian boy Obaida Sedqi is reported missing from his home in Sharjah.

May 22, 2016

Dubai Police find the body of Obaida under a tree in Al Warqa’a area in Dubai.

A 49-year-old Jordanian suspect, Nidal Eisa Abdullah, is arrested.

May 23, 2016

Obaid’s funeral held in Sharjah.

May 24, 2016

Accused admits to kidnapping boy in his car, trying to rape him and killing him.

May 25, 2016

Dubai Police appoint officer to assist Obaida’s family.

May 29, 2016

His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, offers condolences to Obaida’s family.

June 1, 2016

Advocate Obaid Al Mazimi assigned to represent Obaida’s family.

June 15, 2016

Prosecutors seek death penalty.

June 20, 2016

Accused pleads guilty and admits to raping and strangling Obaida in the back seat of his car.

July 11, 2016

Court appoints advocate Omran Darwish to defend the accused.

August 8, 2016

Accused tells the court that he tried to kill himself. He claims that he does not remember what happened on May 20 [the day of the incident].

August 15, 2016

Dubai Court of First instance hands out death sentence to Nidal Eisa Abdullah.

September 25, 2016

The death row convict denies kidnapping and raping the boy in the Appeals Court but pleads guilty to murdering the victim.

October 9, 2016

Court-appointed advocate asks to be excused from defending the accused.

October 23, 2016

Dubai Appeals Court refers the death row convict to be examined by a special panel of psychiatrists to evaluate his mental condition.

December 22, 2016

Convict was aware of his actions when he committed the crime, a psychiatric evaluation report reveals.

January 22, 2017

Dubai Appeals Court upholds capital punishment for Obaida’s killer.

February 27, 2017

Accused loses final appeal and is to face the firing squad for kidnapping, raping and killing a boy.

November 23, 2017

Death row convict Nidal Eisa Abdullah is executed.

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