UAE student killed by US police was unarmed, authorities confirm

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It has now been confirmed that the Emirati student who was killed in a police shooting in Ohio in the US, was unarmed at the time of the incident.

Emirati student Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri, aged 26, died on December 4, 2016. He was studying law at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

This information was given by the Ohio Attorney General's Office, which is investigating the case, to the UAE Embassy in Washington D.C.

The Embassy, along with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, is continuing to closely follow the ongoing investigation, it said in a statement.

Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri
Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri

“Representatives of the UAE Embassy remain in close contact with investigators at the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Ohio Attorney General's Office, and continue to emphasize the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation into this tragic event,” the embassy said.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office has indicated that its investigation into the circumstances around this tragedy is ongoing. It also confirmed that Saif was unarmed at the time he was shot several times by a Hudson, Ohio police officer on December 4, 2016, it added.

“In the days following this incident, members of the Case Western University community came together to honor Saif's life. We appreciate their moving demonstration of support, and are grateful for their efforts to commemorate Saif's legacy.”

Support for family

“Embassy representatives remain in close contact with the Alameri’s family, and our thoughts and prayers remain with them. We will support the family in any way possible and we will continue to monitor the proceedings going forward,” the embassy added.

Saif’s father Nasser Alameri, in the days following his eldest son’s death had told Al Arabiya English that his son’s death was “mysterious”.

Saif was the eldest of seven sons and his father had said. “My son was a ‘grade A’ student. He got his law Bachelor’s degree at the UAE University, and traveled in a Mission with ADNOC company to pursue his master’s in Sharia law at the United States.”

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