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'Reem Island Ghost' accused makes first court appearance

Alaa Bader Abdullah Al Hashemi is accused of stabbing American teacher Ibolya Ryan (37) in an Abu Dhabi mall on December 1 last year

'Reem Island Ghost' accused makes first court appearance

The woman accused of stabbing an American teacher to death in an Abu Dhabi mall has made her first court appearance at the Federal Supreme Court.

Emirati Alaa Bader Abdullah Al Hashemi (29) appeared in court accused of stabbing Ibolya Ryan (37) to death in a toilet cubicle in Boutik Mall on Reem Island on December 1 last year.

Al Hashemi was also charged with making an explosive device with the aim of harming others, creating an online account to promote terrorist ideas, spreading information that harmed the country and donating funds to a terrorist organisation.

During the hearing, Al Hashemi only spoke to confirm her name and age, and also requested legal representation.

Abdulqader Al Haithami, the lawyer appointed by the court to represent her, asked for time to meet with his client and requested that her family be allowed visit her in prison.

Judge Falah Al Hajeri granted the requests and adjourned the case until April 6.

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