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Four-year-old child’s murderer executed

Marie Nammour (mary@khaleejtimes.com) / 11 February 2011

The Emirati fisherman who raped and murdered four-year-old Pakistani boy Mousa in a mosque on the first of Eid Al Adha in November 2009 was executed on Thursday.

Rashid Rubaih Al Rashidi, 31, was executed at 8.35am by a firing squad in the shooting square in Al Ruwayyah in the presence of Eissam Issa Al Humaidan, Dubai’s Attorney-General, Dr Ahmed Al Haddad, Dubai Mufti, a prosecutor, a forensic physician, a representative from the penitentiary establishment and the victim’s parents and relatives.

The Ruler of Dubai approved the execution order upon Al Rashidi’s conviction at the three stages of the prosecution proceedings.

Khaleej Times learnt that Al Rashidi recited a prayer and asked for the forgiveness of God and the victim’s parents. Mousa’s parents came to know of the venue and timing of the execution only a few hours before the actual execution.

The boy’s father, Mukhtar Ahmed Khudabaksh, said his son’s killer begged him for forgiveness before he was executed. “I said, ‘No, I can’t forgive you’.”

He said, “I had not been able to sleep properly since my son was murdered. Justice is done. My family is now relieved.”

He said he, wife and five of his family members witnessed the execution. 

Convict’s stepmother sad, but says he deserved it

The stepmother of Rashid Rubaih Al Rashidi, who was executed by the firing squad for raping and murdering four-year-old Pakistani boy Mousa in a washroom of a mosque in Al Qusais on the first day of Eid Al Adha in November 2009, was in tears as she asked for forgiveness of God on his behalf.

She told Khaleej Times that she did her best to raise him up well after his mother died soon after he was born and his father married her. His father died while he was only 14. She said she wanted him to ask God for forgiveness.

“I did not wish him to be sentenced to death although he deserved it,” she said.

He had fallen in the company of bad friends who influenced him.

He lost his mother when he was born and at the age of 14, he lost his father. He was getting a salary of Dh2,000 and he spent all his money with bad friends who consumed drugs and alcohol.”

He dropped out of school and never worked regularly. “Instead, he consumed drugs and alcohol in his isolated room.”

She said she expected some sort of a sad end like this for him, as he was charged at least 10 times by the police after he raped their neighbour’s son and housemaid, she added.  - Amira Agarib


The Court of Cassation had upheld in June last year the death penalty given by two lower courts to Al Rashidi as he was found guilty of sodomising and murdering Mousa in the washroom of a mosque on the first day of Eid Al Adha on November 27, 2009.

The judges threw out the defendant’s pleas for clemency citing insanity, ruling no clemency could be shown to the convict, who did not show any mercy to the little boy while committing the heinous crime.

Al Rashidi was found guilty of enticing the boy with the promise of an Eid gift to the mosque washroom in Al Qusais. He gagged and forcefully sodomised the boy and killed him by sitting on his back, squeezing his neck and banging his head on the floor.

The incident had touched a raw nerve of the society, and evoked widespread condemnation.

Earlier during the proceedings, the head of psychological medicine at Rashid Hospital, Mohammed Hassan, testified that the defendant was mentally sound, though with a pathological paedophiliac urge.

The convict had a history of convictions for sodomy, rape and theft.

It is the first execution that took place in Dubai since 2001.

According to the Federal Penal Procedures Law, execution is carried out in the presence of a prosecutor, a representative of the Ministry of Interior, an official from the Penitentiary Establishments and a forensic physician. A cleric may also be allowed to attend. The family of the victim has the right to attend and should be notified one month earlier. Others may attend upon an authorisation from the Attorney-General.


Chronology of case

November 27, 2009:

Four-year-old Pakistani boy Mousa raped and murdered in a mosque in Al Qusais on the first day of Eid Al Adha.

November 29, 2009:

Emirati fisherman Rashid Rubaih Al Rashidi, 31, arrested; the case evokes widespread condemnation

December 16, 2009:

Prosecution refers Al Rashidi to the Court of First Instance, seeks death penalty

December 23, 2009:

Trial begins; Al Rashidi admits to the heinous crime, pleads for mercy

January 27, 2010:

The Court of First Instance finds Al Rashidi guilty of heinous crime, sentences him to death penalty

February 6, 2010:

The verdict appealed; Al Rashidi again pleads for mercy from the court and the victim’s family at the Court of Appeal

April 11, 2010:

The Court of Appeal upholds the death penalty

June 7, 2010:

The Court of Cassation upholds the verdict, sentencing him to death by the firing squad

February 10, 2011:

Al Rashidi shot to death by the firing squad; victim’s father, Mukhtar Ahmad, says justice is done


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