x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Family sent man to kill newly weds, say Sharjah police

A relative is accused of flying to the UAE with the blessing of both the woman's and her ex-husband's families in Pakistan, intent on killing her and her new husband.

SHARJAH // The brother of a Pakistani whose wife left him to start a new life in the UAE killed the woman's new husband and wanted to murder her too, it was alleged yesterday.

Adnan AA is accused of flying to the Emirates with the blessing of the former husband's family in Pakistan intent on killing them both, police revealed yesterday.

The woman was at work on January 15 when her former brother-in-law came to her home in the Musalla area of Sharjah. According to Col Mohammed Abdullah Al Aboud, the director of Al Gharb police station, her new husband's body was later found in a black bag.

"The wife had returned to find that the door of their house was open," he said. "She was afraid because her husband would not leave the house open. She called the building security guard and together they entered and found everything was as she had left it that morning. Only there was a big, black bag inside the house and they feared tampering with it."

The woman left to stay with friends and continually tried to call her husband, without response. The next day her friends advised her to call the police.

Police officers entered the property and found the body of Mohammed AM, who was in his early 30s, in the bag.

A criminal and forensic investigation led to the arrest of Adnan AA, also in his 30s, at Sharjah Airport as he attempted to flee the country. Police said that the accused told them that his family had agreed he travel to the UAE to kill the woman and her new husband.

Col Al Aboud also said the couple had obtained death threats while in their homeland, which prompted them to seek sanctuary in the UAE.

Adnan AA has been referred to prosecutors on a murder charge.

Col Al Aboud is urging all Sharjah residents to report all suspicious people in their neighbourhoods to police by calling 999, 065632222 or 800151, or by sending a text to 7999.

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