Abu Dhabi police say the accused cross-dressed as a woman to lure the boy to the rooftop. Image Credit: Abu Dhabi Police

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of Appeals upholds death sentence given to a Pakistani man who raped and killed his 11-year old nephew in the emirate.

Earlier the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of First Instance had awarded death sentence to the man. The body of the boy was found on the rooftop of his building in May, 2017.

The appeals court has also ordered a blood money payment of Dh200,000 to the family on Tuesday.

The accused, who was termed by the Public Prosecution as ‘a wild beast’, is identified as Mohsen Bilal, 34, from Pakistan.  

The boy, Azan Majid Janjua, went missing in May last year after he left his house to go to the mosque for Asr prayers.

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The first instance court found the man guilty in November, 2017 on all charges of rape and murder and pronounced death sentence and a blood money of Dh200,000. 

Witnesses said they saw him leave the mosque but the boy never reached home. His body was discovered the next morning on the rooftop of the building by some AC technicians repairing  a malfunctioning unit.