Husband of Reem Island Killer sentenced to life in prison for terror charges

ABU DHABI // The husband of the woman executed for killing an American teacher on Reem Island has been sentenced to life in prison for a string of terror offences, including plotting to blow up Yas Marina Circuit and Ikea. Mohammed Al Habashi Al Hashemi, 34, was also found guilty by the Federal Supreme Court […]

ABU DHABI // The husband of the woman executed for killing an American teacher on Reem Island has been sentenced to life in prison for a string of terror offences, including plotting to blow up Yas Marina Circuit and Ikea.

Mohammed Al Habashi Al Hashemi, 34, was also found guilty by the Federal Supreme Court on Monday of planning to assassinate one of the country’s leaders and of making explosives Al Hashemi posted photos of UAE leaders with slanderous remarks and shared his plans to harm them online.

In March this year, the court heard he learnt to build home-made bombs and make explosives using Clorox, aluminium, gunpowder from fireworks as well as gas canisters.

Al Hashemi denied the accusations, telling the Federal Supreme Court it was his wife Alaa Al Hashemi, not him, who used their computer to read terrorist websites.

The self-proclaimed ’emir of ISIL’, was also found guilty of promoting Al Qaeda and ISIL online. He posted pictures of ISIL’s flag and lectures from the extremist group’s leader, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.

The court heard in March that Al Hashemi was so devoted to joining ISIL he went on YouTube and participated in a ceremonial act with his wife, repeating statements and pledging allegiance to the terrorist organisation.

“The defendant and his wife both planned terrorist attacks in the country in retaliation for the UAE’s stance against ISIL,” said prosecutors, adding that a forensics examination of Al Hashemi’s laptop and external hard drive found evidence and documents showing he used online tutorials to try to make explosives.

Prosecution also showed statements indicating Al Hashemi had also sent about Dh80,000 to Al Qaeda.

A witness from state security told the judge Al Hashemi had been known to authorities for his radical views since 2003.

Al Hashemi was arrested on November 21, 2014, a month before his wife killed nursery teacher Ibolya Ryan in a toilet at Boutik Mall on Reem Island.

The murder of the 47-year-old mother-of-three, on December 1, 2014, shocked the country and cast a pall over celebrations for National Day.

His wife told prosecutors she committed the crimes to avenge her husband who had been taken into custody by State Security.

She said she wanted to create fear, especially for American, British and French expatriates.

She was sentenced to death for the murder in June, 2015 and was executed by firing squad the following month.

Al Hashemi and his wife had 6 children, who he hasn’t seen since his arrest.

nalremeithi@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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