UAE executes woman over U.S. teacher’s murder
The UAE Supreme Court last month found Alaa Bader al-Hashemi guilty of stabbing to death Ibolya Ryan in a shopping mall toilet
An Emirati woman was executed on Monday after being found guilty in the jihadist-inspired murder of an American teacher in Abu Dhabi last December, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.
The UAE Supreme Court last month found Alaa Bader al-Hashemi guilty of stabbing to death teacher Ibolya Ryan, 47, in a shopping mall toilet, as well as “creating a handmade bomb” she placed in front of an Egyptian-American doctor's home.
The ruling was made by the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi, which meant it could not be appealed.
The attacks took place within hours of each other in the UAE capital on December 1. Hashemi was arrested by Abu Dhabi CID during a raid at her home three days after the incident.
Hashemi “was also found guilty of sending money to Al-Qaeda in Yemen, knowing the funds would be used in terrorist acts,” a report in Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National said.
Hashemi, surrounded by four police officers, “showed no emotion as the verdict and sentence were announced,” the daily said.
“As she was led from court she smiled and waved at her father and brother, who were in court to witness the proceedings.”
International media have been denied access to her trial, which began in March.
Hashemi had asked the court to provide her with psychological help, saying she had “unreal visions” and would see “ghost-like people” due to a chronic mental illness.
The court ordered psychiatric tests which it said showed she was aware of her actions.