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Abu Dhabi mall murder suspect found to be ‘mentally stable’

The killing of the American teacher made international headlines last year after security camera footage was released

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An Emirati woman being tried on charges of killing an American teacher in an Abu Dhabi mall last December is in perfect mental health and is fully conscious of her actions, local media reported on Monday.

“The court heard a 50-minute testimony from prosecution that included video footage of the defendant confessing to her crime, and footage of the crime scene at the washroom in Reem Island’s Boutiq Mall,” Dubai-based Gulf News reported on Sunday.

“The court also examined medical reports presented by a team from Shaikh Khalifa Medical Centre showing that the defendant, accused of murdering the American teacher Ibolya Ryan, is mentally fit, which means that she committed the murder in a fully conscious state,” the report added.

29-year-old Alaa Bader Abdullah is being tried at the State Security Court of the UAE Federal Supreme Court. The court adjourned the case to June 8, with the defendant set to remain in jail.

The defendant is also accused of following the ideologies of terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al-Qaeda, sending money to terrorist organizations in Yemen, and using the internet to learn how to make a bomb, the newspaper reported.

The killing of the American teacher made international headlines last year after security camera footage was released showing the accused entering and leaving the women’s washroom where she is believed to have murdered the kindergarten teacher and mother of three with a large kitchen knife.

Another video released by Abu Dhabi authorities followed, showing the process of the defendant’s arrest 48 hours after the murder.