Expat gets 3 years jail for raping 5-yr-old girl

ABU DHABI — Upholding the verdicts of the lower courts, the Federal Supreme Court has sentenced an expatriate, convicted of sexually assaulting a minor girl, to three years in jail followed by deportation.

By Adel Arafah

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Published: Tue 14 Aug 2007, 9:09 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:55 AM

The case unfolded when the child’s father lodged a complaint against the accused, M.S., whom the five-year-old girl had identified by name. The culprit was detained. He admitted to his crime.

The Public Prosecution charged him with violently kissing, hugging, and raping the child, and prayed that he be penalised in accordance with the rulings of Islamic Shariah, and article 2/356 of the Federal Penal Code.

The Shariah Criminal Court of First Instance sentenced the accused to three years in prison, and deportation thereafter. The ruling was confirmed in the Shariah Criminal Court of Appeal.

M.S. moved the Federal Supreme Court, contending that the previous judgment be declared null and void. He denied having raped the girl, and claimed to have only harassed her. The Apex Court dismissed his petition, and upheld the verdicts of the lower courts.

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