US prosecutors have charged the son of a civilian Navy staffer in Bahrain over her stabbing death in the kingdom.
Federal court documents accuse Giovonni Z. Pope, 27, of stabbing his mother to death at her off-base apartment on January 31. Contact details for Pope could not be immediately found and his listed public defender did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Court documents only identify his mother by the initials E.A., describing her as a civilian Defense Department employee at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, the home of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet. She had worked there since September 2017.
An affidavit by a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service says the woman’s co-workers became worried when she didn’t come to work February 1. Investigators discovered her body under a blanket in her apartment, repeatedly stabbed.
Bahraini police later arrested Pope. He told Bahraini investigators at one point that he killed his mother as she “was blocking him from achieving his goals by not letting him return to the US to work on his clothing business,” the agent’s affidavit claims. He had allegedly used his mother’s credit card after the killing to purchase airfare back to the US to visit his girlfriend.
Bahrain had declined to prosecute Pope if the US tried him, the agent said. US Magistrate Judge Thomas M. DiGirolamo of Maryland issued an order Thursday for him to be brought back to America to face trial on a murder charge.
The US Embassy in Bahrain and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service did not immediately respond to requests for comment Saturday, nor did Bahrain’s Interior Ministry.
Husband main suspect in Lebanese model Zeina Kanjou’s murder: SourceZeina Kanjou’s husband is the main suspect in the murder of the popular fashion model, an Internal Security Forces source told Al Arabiya ... Middle East
Mysterious Kahaleh village murder in Lebanon raises questions, spurns rumorsWhen Joe Bejjany was shot with a silencer as he got ready to take his two daughters to pre-school, it shocked not only his mountain village but a ... Middle East
Man arrested in Saudi Arabia's Jeddah after stabbing guard at French consulate: SPAA Saudi man has been arrested in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah after stabbing a guard at the French consulate, reported the official Saudi Press ... Gulf