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.
— Compiled by Gulf News Archives