Two-week hospitalization for mall murder accused

Updated 22 April 2015

Two-week hospitalization for mall murder accused

ABU DHABI: An Emirati woman accused of stabbing an American female school teacher to death in an upscale mall in the capital will be admitted to a specialized medical center for two weeks, according to a federal court order.
UAE authorities have listed suspect Ala’a Al-Hashemi of murdering Ibolya Ryan in Abu Dhabi’s Boutik Mall on Reem Island on Dec. 1 last year. She is also believed to have planted a homemade bomb outside the home of an Egyptian-American family living in a suburb in the capital.
Hashemi was subsequently detained after a dramatic raid on her home by armed police.
An investigation showed that she had been active on online radical message boards and websites, and her husband has been jailed. Her husband is in jail for participating what the government deems terrorist activities.
By the end of the two-week period in the medical center, a report from a medical committee will be submitted containing the results of the evaluation.
On a Tuesday session, four witnesses — two security guards and two mall employees — were called to testify. However, all four failed to show up and the judge ordered a second summoning, a press report said.
The hearing has been adjourned until April 27.


Lebanon’s foreign minister resigns amid economic crisis

Updated 03 August 2020

Lebanon’s foreign minister resigns amid economic crisis

  • Nassif Hitti submits resignation to the prime minister and leaves government house without making any comments
  • Hitti’s resignation is a blow to Hassan Diab’s government

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s foreign minister resigned on Monday, becoming the first Cabinet minister to defect from his post amid the severe economic and financial crisis striking the country.
Minister Nassif Hitti’s submitted his resignation to the prime minister and left the government house without making any comments.
A career diplomat, Hitti became foreign minister in January as part of Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government. He was was reportedly unhappy with the government’s performance and lack of movement on promised reforms.
Local media reports said he also was angered by Diab’s criticism of French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian following his visit to Beirut last month. Diab had said Le Drian “did not bring anything new” and was not properly informed about the reforms implemented by the Lebanese government.
It was not immediately clear whether his resignation would be accepted and whether one of the other ministers would assume his responsibilities in caretaker capacity until a new minister is appointed.
Hitti’s resignation is a blow to Diab’s government, which has struggled to implement reforms amid an unprecedented financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic.