Family of woman who was raped and murdered refuse blood money settlement

The Ethiopian girl’s family insisted that the accused — four Emirati men — be executed and said that they would press ahead with litigation procedures

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SHARJAH // The family of a teenage girl who was brutally raped and murdered in 2009 by four Emiratis – one of whom had been pardoned 12 years ago for killing a 13-year-old girl – have refused a blood money settlement.

The Ethiopian girl’s family insisted that the accused be executed and said that they would press ahead with litigation procedures, reported Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language sister paper of The National.

According to police, the incident in Al Dhaid was one of the worst cases of rape and murder the country has seen, shaking the Emirati community.

Members of the public found the body of the teenager in Seeh Al Mahab, near a deserted labour camp. Her skull had been crushed, the body had multiple stab wounds and there was evidence of attempted strangulation.

Four Emirati men were arrested and charged with collaborating to plan and commit the crimes against the girl – who had been in the country for three months working as a maid for a family in Khor Fakkan.

One of the four men was had been involved in a similar crime, 12 years ago, when a 13-year-old Pakistani girl was killed. He was sentenced to death, along with two accomplices, but received a pardon from the victim’s family.

During the 2009 case A A M, admitted to abusing and murdering the Ethiopian teenager with the help of the three other men.

After kidnapping the victim outside her employer’s home, the men drove to a deserted area before raping her. Shortly after they drove to Al Dhaid where they raped her again.

When she tried to escape she was caught and killed.

Three of the four were found guilty of murder, rape, kidnap, alcohol abuse and covering up a crime. The fourth was found guilty of three of the five charges.

The Criminal Department at Sharjah Sharia Court of First Instance sentenced all four men to death in April 2012.

The latest court case was postponed until October 27 to allow time for consultation with the victim’s family’s lawyer and the defence lawyer.