Dubai: Aman arrested in connection with the attempted rape and murder of an eight-year-old boy has admitted to the crime, prosecutors said yesterday. Essam Eisa Al Humaidan, Dubai’s Attorney-General, has ordered provisional detention of the Jordanian suspect Nidal Eisa Abdullah Abu Ali. “Since Dubai Police apprehended the suspect and referred him to the Dubai Public Prosecution, he has admitted to the crime,” said Prosecutor General Yousuf Foulaz, Head of Deira Prosecution.
The boy, Obaida Sedqi, was found dead in Dubai after being reported missing in Sharjah on Friday.
In Jordan, meanwhile, the government mediated a threeday “security truce” between the tribes of families of the victim and the suspect, Usama Aqrabawi, Obaida’s maternal uncle, told Gulf News. Before the truce ends, an agreement is expected to be reached between the families. Around 3,000 people from both sides attended a tribal meeting on Monday, he said.
Also yesterday, the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department said it will set up a new branch under Family Prosecution to handle cases involving children.
The announcement came after instructions by Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, to put into practice the UAE Children’s Rights Law (Wudeema) which comes into effect on June 15. Amale suspect has admitted to the preliminary charges of kidnapping an eightyear-old boy in his car, trying to rape him and then killing him, prosecutors said yesterday.
Essam Eisa Al Humaidan, Dubai’s Attorney-General, has ordered the Jordanian suspect, Nidal Eisa Abdullah Abu Ali, be placed under provisional detention pending further investigations by prosecutors.
“Since Dubai Police apprehended the suspect [Abdullah] and referred him to the Dubai Public Prosecution, he has admitted to the crime. Law enforcement officers who apprehended the suspect and prosecution witnesses will be heard as part of our ongoing investigations,” said Prosecutor General Yousuf Foulaz, Head of Deira Prosecution.
Foulaz presided over a team of prosecutors, including Chief Prosecutor Dr Ali Al Hosani and Senior Prosecutor Ahmad Ebrahim, who examined the Al Warqa’a area where the body of the Jordanian boy, Obaida Sedqi, was found.
“We examined the boy’s body and permitted the forensic examiner to carry out an autopsy. We are waiting for the examiner’s reports regarding the exact cause of the death. We have also instructed Dubai Police’s forensic experts to provide us with their findings as part of the investigation,” Foulaz was quoted as saying in a media statement yesterday.
The police said the victim was kidnapped from outside his father’s vehicle workshop in Sharjah’s industrial area on Friday.
Maj Gen Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Dubai Police Chief, said the body was found near Academic City Road, which falls under Al Rashidiya police station’s jurisdiction.
“The forensic doctor found signs that the suspect [Abdullah] attempted to sexually assault the boy and strangled him. There were also marks on his body that showed that he tried to resist his attacker,” he said.
A senior prosecution source told Gulf News that Abdullah is facing primary charges of kidnap, attempted rape, assault, premeditated murder and consuming alcohol.
“The charges are not final yet. The final list of accusations will be based on further investigations and on future evidence or findings that might surface later … however nothing is final yet,” said the source.