Dubai executes child killer, first in 10 years

By AFP
Published: February 10, 2011
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Executions are rare in the country, where death sentences are typically commuted to life in prison.

Executions are rare in the country, where death sentences are typically commuted to life in prison.

DUBAI: Dubai carried out a death sentence for the first time in 10 years on Thursday, executing an Emirati man found guilty of raping and murdering a Pakistani child, official media reported.

Rashid Rabia al-Rashidi, who had been found guilty of the rape and pre-meditated murder of a four-year-old Pakistani boy in a Dubai mosque, had exhausted all legal avenues, the official WAM news agency said.

The 30-year-old Emirati was sentenced to death in January 2010, after he confessed to raping and killing the boy, who was found dead in the bathroom of the mosque on Eid Al-Adha on November 27 of the previous year.

Prosecutors, who demanded a rapid trial for the case, said Rashidi had lured the boy to the bathroom by saying he would give him a cash present to mark the feast.

As the boy tried to scream after being sexually assaulted, the attacker muzzled him and banged his head on the floor, delivering a fatal blow.

The death sentence was confirmed in an appeal.

Although the law in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) includes capital punishment, executions are rare in the country, where death sentences are typically commuted to life in prison.

The last execution in the UAE took place in February 2008 in Ras Al-Khaimah.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • rocket
    Feb 10, 2011 - 10:24PM

    Dubai executes child killer, first in 10 years…………. The last execution in the UAE took place in February 2008 in Ras Al-Khaimah. ?????????Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Feb 11, 2011 - 12:40AM

    Pakistan judiciary should get a lesson from the Emirates. Pakistan is known for such horrible crimes and not much is done about it to punish the guilty. Raping and killing of children and women is perhaps considered “Business as Usual” in the Islamic Republic of PakistanRecommend

  • Haider
    Feb 11, 2011 - 3:07AM

    @rocket: Yes. The first execution in 10 years in DUBAI. The last execution in UAE (Dubai is one of 7 emirates in UAE) was in 2008 in the emirate of Ras-Al-Khaimah .Recommend

  • maitre
    Feb 11, 2011 - 4:17PM

    That’s the Islamic judicial system. It not only punishes the criminal but also alleviates crime rate.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Feb 13, 2011 - 11:08AM

    The first execution took place in Al-Ain (Abu Dhabi) by firing squad in early 70s so please clear your records. He was from Palestine and charged for murder. Yes, our country must learn some lessons from others and stop teaching others what we practice. Now we have Azaaaaaaaaaaaad Adliya ???????Recommend

  • Shahzad Bhatti
    Feb 14, 2011 - 6:03AM

    @ rocket
    Dubai is a different city
    Ras al Khaimah is a different city………………. like Islamabad and Karachi……….. Get it ?Recommend

  • Anwar Hasan
    Feb 16, 2011 - 3:54PM

    “Justice delayed is justice denied”. Justice should not be delayed.Recommend

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