Dubai: The Jordanian man who kidnapped, raped and killed an eight-year-old boy in May 2016 will be executed after he lost his last appeal before Dubai’s highest court on Monday.

Dubai’s Cassation Court overruled the appeal lodged by the Jordanian convict, Nidal Eisa Abdullah, and upheld the death sentence against him. 

Presiding judge Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al Zarouni and his four deputy judges unanimously confirmed the capital punishment against Abdullah who was convicted of kidnapping and raping the 8-year-old Jordanian boy Obaida Sedqi before killing him on May 20, 2016.

A committee of psychoanalysts had examined Abdullah’s sanity and their psychiatric evaluation confirmed that the convict suffers an ‘antisocial personality disorder with alcohol dependence’.

The convict’s court-appointed lawyer Ali Musabbeh had argued before the cassation court: “The medical report confirmed that my client suffers an antisocial personality disorder with alcohol dependence.

"The report was too general, not very clear and inconclusive … it lacked details that justify or explain why he suffers that disorder and why is he considered a danger to the society.

"The report just said that he is an antisocial person … It also lacked certain psychological and neurological tests, and had those tests been carried out, they would have given a clearer picture of the defendant’s mental state.”

The lawyer had asked the presiding judge to overturn the appellate judgement and refer the case to a new panel of appeal judges to look into it again.

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The accused was sentenced to death after he was convicted of kidnapping Sedqi from his father’s garage in Sharjah and then raping and killing him in Al Mamzar.

Abdullah had earlier denied kidnapping and raping the victim but pleaded guilty to murdering the victim.

He will also have to  pay Dh21,000 in temporary compensation to the boy’s family. 

Monday’s ruling has become final and the execution will be carried out soon after it is approved by the Ruler.

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