Appeal Court Upholds Death Penalty on Adam [Archives:2001/15/Local News]
The Appeal Court of Sanaa upheld last Wednesday the death sentence issued against the Sudanese Sanaa University morgue assistant, Mohamed Adam for the murder of two female students at the Faculty of Medicine of Sanaa University.
After denying the appeal of the defendant’s lawyer, the court also ordered the public treasury to pay five million Yemeni rials to each of the families of the victims as compensation.
Mohamed Adam was found guilty by the primary and appeal court of killing and mutilating an Iraqi, Zainab Saud Aziz in December 1999 and a Yemeni, Hosn Ahmed Attiya in February 2000.
The remains of the 24-year old Iraqi victim Zainab were requested by the court to be taken to her family for burial as soon as possible.
The defendant still has the chance to challenge the appeal’s decision at the Supreme Court. Once the Supreme Court upholds the appeal court’s verdict, the final approval of President Saleh becomes necessary before Adam receives the death penalty, which is expected to be carried out publicly by firing squad at his chest.
This comes after the ‘Sanaa Ripper’ confessed himself of killing the two girls, chopping up their bodies, dissolving them in acid, and throwing their remains into the sewers. He also requested many times from the authorities to carry out the capital punishment as soon as possible.