x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

'Tortured' Kuwaiti student murder case passed on to Sharjah courts

Mubarak Meshaal Al Mubarak, 19, a first-year student at the University of Sharjah, died in hospital after sustaining fractures and an internal haemorrhage.

SHARJAH //Sharjah Public Prosecution has completed its investigation into the murder of a Kuwaiti student more than a month ago and submitted the file to the courts, officials said.

Mubarak Meshaal Al Mubarak, 19, a first-year student at the University of Sharjah, died in hospital after sustaining fractures and an internal haemorrhage.

Rashid Al Omrani, Sharjah chief prosecutor, said his office received the final report from the forensic laboratory and listened to statements made by the two accused students, Y?S and W?J, in police custody.

Mr Al Omrani said the office had not yet been able to extradite a third suspect, who fled the country and returned to Kuwait.

“According to our investigations, we are submitting three charges on the suspects to the court: deprivation of the victims’ freedom, torture and premeditated murder,” he said.

Mr Al Omrani said prosecutors had submitted all evidence collected at the crime scene, an apartment rented by one of the students. It included mobile video footage that runs for more six minutes, taken from a suspect’s phone.

Earlier, a police forensic report said signs of beatings and burn marks had been found on the victim’s body.

A spokesman for the Sharjah court said hearing dates had not yet been set.

The family of the victim hired a local lawyer, Salem bin Sahoo, to represent them in court.

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