Woman from UAE executed for murder of American teacher

United Arab Emirates executes woman, convicted of murder and militant-inspired attacks

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Ala'a Badr Abdullah al Hashemi (31) was executed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)  on Monday after she was convicted for murdering an American kindergarten teacher in December 2014 and attempting to bomb an American-Egyptian doctor with militant-inspired intentions, as reported by states news agency WAM.

Hashemi was convicted of murder on June 29.

The agency reported that Hashemi murdered Ibolya Ryan, a mother of 11-year-old twins, in a shopping mall toilet before she attempted to bomb an American-Egyptian doctor.

According to evidence obtained from the trial, the UAE woman placed a makeshift bomb outside the apartment of the doctor after murdering Ryan, but the bomb was dismantled.

She was also convicted of using social media for the spreading of militant ideology, intending to undermine the government and giving money to militant organisations for attacks.

Hashemi told prosecutors that she committed the crimes because state security agents detained her husband over suspected militant connections, and she wanted to create fear for American, British and French expatriates, according to Abu Dhabi-based daily newspaper, the National.

At her trial she also said a mental illness was behind her actions and evil spirits were the reason for the attacks, laughing occasionally during trial.

A medical report proved the opposite though, as she was found sane.

Rights group Amnesty International, criticised the punishment, because the security court did not allow appeals.

Amnesty researcher Mansoureh Mills spoke regarding the issue saying, "Under international law, a fundamental fair trial guarantee is the right to appeal one's verdict.”

"Unfortunately, all trials held before the State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court are inherently unfair because nobody convicted before this court is allowed the right to appeal their verdict," she added.

The report did not provide any information on how Hashemi was executed.


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