Reem Island murder case: Accused in Daesh links
UAE Attorney General Counsellor Salem Saeed Kubaish has said that Alaa Bader Abdullah, the accused in the case of the crime known as Al Reem Island killing, has been referred to the Federal Supreme Court for the hearing of charges brought against her, that is, the deliberate killing of the victim Ibolya Ryan, stabbing her with a knife, and then proceeding to attempt to kill the residents of an apartment in the Al Habtoor building on Abu Dhabi Corniche by planting a crude explosive device near the door of the flat, attempting to ignite a detonator fuse aimed at killing the residents, a crime which was not completed as the fuse did not work.
She was also accused of charges of "collecting explosive materials, which is prohibited to be assembled by law, without a licence, and established and managed electronically an account on the Internet under a pseudonym with a view to promoting ideas of a terrorist group, publishing through this account information intended to distort the reputation, prestige and stature of the state and undermine its figures, in addition to funding a terrorist organisation knowing that it will be used in terrorist acts, and that she committed those crimes with terrorist intent to cause death, to stir up fear among people, to compromise the prestigious stature of the state and threaten its security and stability."
The Attorney General said the charges were filed against the accused after extensive investigations which revealed that before committing her crime, the accused listened to lectures by Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab AlZarqawi (leaders of Al Qaeda), watched video clips of killings and beheadings perpetrated by terrorist groups and then read articles about terrorist acts, which influenced her beliefs, turning her into a proponent of these destructive and terrorist ideologies.
At a later stage, he added, she embraced the ‘takfiri’ and jihadist ideology and then engaged in terrorist acts in support of the terrorist organisations Al Qaeda and Daesh, and through her disguised e-account on the Internet of violent and terrorist groups, she promoted and published audiovisual and print materials of terrorist groups.
The Attorney General said that the accused donated funds to Al Qaeda with the aim of financing terrorist operations inside the UAE. ''The accused committed her crime against a foreign resident (a US woman) in a shopping centre to spread terror among both expatriate residents and visitors and embarrass and undermine the State authorities globally."
He added that the accused had confessed in detail to investigators to have committed these crimes. During these investigations, the Attorney General emphasised that the accused was provided with all legal guarantees.
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