UAE Woman Sentenced to Death for Murdering American Teacher

A United Arab Emirates court on Monday sentenced a woman to death for the Islamist-inspired killing of an American kindergarten teacher at an Abu Dhabi shopping mall in December, the state news agency WAM reported. The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi convicted Ala'a Badr Abdullah al-Hashemi, 30, in the stabbing death of Romanian-born Ibolya Ryan, a mother of 11-year-old twins. The court's ruling is final and not subject to appeal, but executions are rare in the UAE and it is not known when Hashemi may be put to death. Hashemi also placed a makeshift bomb outside the front door of an apartment of an Egyptian-American doctor living in the UAE just hours after the stabbing. That device was safely dismantled, according to evidence submitted at the trial.

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