Man charged with murder of Omani student outside London’s Harrods store

A man has been charged with the December murder of Omani student Mohammed Al-Araimi (pictured) in London outside Harrods department store. (Metropolitan Police/AFP)
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Updated 09 January 2020

Man charged with murder of Omani student outside London’s Harrods store

  • Al-Araimi was a student at King’s College London studying politics and economics
  • Police had released CCTV footage of two men they wanted to question in connection with the attack and offered a reward

LONDON: A man has been charged with the December murder of Omani student Mohammed Al-Araimi in London after handing himself in to UK police.
Badir Rahim Alnazi, 23, was arrested on Wednesday and charged on Thursday with murder, as well as attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article, the Metropolitan Police said.
Police had released CCTV footage of two men they wanted to question in connection with the attack and offered a reward of £20,000 ($26,000) for information that led to the prosecution of those responsible.
Alnazi will appear at Westminster Magistrate’s Court on Thursday afternoon for a preliminary hearing.
A Metropolitan Police statement said enquiries are continuing.
Al-Araimi, 20, the youngest son of Omani property developer Sheikh Abdullah Al-Araimi, was attacked outside the department store Harrods on Dec. 6 as he walked home from spending the evening with a friend.
The friend, a Bahraini citizen, was also wounded in the attack and taken to a London hospital but has since been discharged.
Al-Araimi was a student at King’s College London studying politics and economics and his relatives, said to be close to Oman’s royal family, were regular visitors to the UK capital.


Eight monks catch virus at remote Greek Orthodox site

Updated 21 September 2020

Eight monks catch virus at remote Greek Orthodox site

  • Mount Athos, a 1,000-year-old site and one of the Orthodox Church’s most venerated places, has 20 monasteries and almost 1,700 monks
  • The community, known for its austere rules, is almost completely isolated in a mountainous nature reserve in the Macedonia region

ATHENS: Eight monks have tested positive for coronavirus and their monastery in a remote Orthodox Christian community in northern Greece has been quarantined, a Church official said on Monday.
One of the monks was taken to hospital in Thessaloniki in a serious condition, said the official who declined to be named.
It is not the first outbreak at the Mount Athos site — four monks tested positive in March after traveling to Britain but recovered quickly.
Mount Athos, a 1,000-year-old site and one of the Orthodox Church’s most venerated places, has 20 monasteries and almost 1,700 monks.
The community, known for its austere rules, is almost completely isolated in a mountainous nature reserve in the Macedonia region.
The country’s lockdown from March to May hit the Church hard, wrecking its Easter celebrations.
Church leaders disputed some of the science behind the confinement rules — agreeing to halt masses but refusing to ban communion.
Greece has so far registered 338 deaths and more than 15,000 infections from the virus.