DUBAI // The Dubai Criminal Court has ordered that the man accused of kidnapping and killing eight-year-old Obaida Al Aqrabawi be brought before judges, by force if necessary, for future hearings after he failed to appear on Monday morning.
Neither the 48-year-old Jordanian nor his lawyer turned up in court for proceedings. The hearing has been rescheduled for July 11.
During his first hearing on June 20, the defendant admitted to strangling the boy after raping him but denied kidnapping him.
Obaida was last seen on May 20 in front of his father’s garage in Sharjah’s industrial area. Two days later, the Jordanian boy’s body was found by Academic City Road in Al Warqa, Dubai.
The defendant faces charges of kidnapping a child, threats and physical abuse, rape and premeditated murder, drinking alcohol and driving under the influence of alcohol.
He also admitted to drinking alcohol and driving under the influence.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Source: uae news