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Capital punishment is a legal penalty in the United Arab Emirates.

Under Emirati law, multiple crimes carry the death penalty, and executions can be carried out through either a firing squad, hanging, or stoning.[1][2][3][4] Current laws allows the death penalty for treason, espionage, murder, successfully inciting the suicide of a person "afflicted with total lack of free will or reason", arson resulting in death, acts of indecent assault resulting in death, apostasy, rape, aggravated robbery, terrorism, sodomy, homosexuality, drug trafficking[5] and joining the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.[6][7] Overseas nationals and UAE nationals have both been executed for crimes.

Notable cases

In 1995, Sarah Balabagan, a Filipino worker, caught the attention of many people living in the UAE. She was reported to have murdered her employer in his Al Ain house, although she has always maintained that she only killed him in self-defense after he tried to rape her. After the UAE president himself got involved, Balabagan was set free and had to pay compensation instead. However, she was deported back to her country and her right to remain in the country was cancelled.[8]

On 10 February 2011, Rashid Al Rashidi was executed by firing squad, the convicted was charged of raping and murdering a four-year-old child Moosa Mukhtiar in the toilets of a mosque on 27 November 2009.[9][10]

In June 2015, the Federal Supreme Court sentenced an Emirati terrorist woman, Alaa Bader al-Hashemi, to the death penalty for the murder of Ibolya Ryan and planting a "handmade bomb" in an Egyptian-American doctor's home in Abu Dhabi. The woman committed the crime in December 2014 and was executed at dawn on July 13, 2015.[11] This is the only time that a prisoner has been executed within such a short time frame and this is the one of the few cases of a woman being executed.[citation needed]

On 23 November 2017 Nidal Eisa Abdullah, the convict who raped and killed eight-year-old boy Obaida in May 2016, was executed.[12]

See also


  1. ^ "UAE: Death by stoning/ flogging | Amnesty International".
  2. ^ "Timeline of executions in UAE".
  3. ^ "Woman Sentenced To Death By Stoning In Abu Dhabi – Emirates Woman".
  4. ^ "Duterte threatened deployment ban if OFW in UAE executed: Bello | BusinessWorld".
  5. ^ "The Death Penalty in United Arab Emirates". Death Penalty Worldwide. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  6. ^ "UAE sentences four to death for joining IS". The New Arab. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  7. ^ "UAE sentences 'jihadi teenager' to death for joining IS". The New Arab. 10 January 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Judicial caning, Arab Emirates, Oct 1995 - CORPUN ARCHIVE aeju9510".
  9. ^ "Child killer is executed by firing squad". The National. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Dubai mosque murderer executed". Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  11. ^ "UAE woman sentenced to death for killing US teacher". Express Tribune. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Man who raped, killed eight-year-old boy Obaida executed".