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'Reem Island Ghost' killing case referred to UAE's top court

Alaa Bader Abdullah faces multiple charges including deliberate killing of US teacher Ibolya Ryan and terror-related offences

'Reem Island Ghost' killing case referred to UAE's top court

The UAE's attorney general on Sunday said the case of a woman accused of stabbing an American teacher to death in an Abu Dhabi mall has been referred to the country's Federal Supreme Court.

Attorney General Salem Saeed Kubaish said in comments published by news agency WAM that Alaa Bader Abdullah will face multiple charges, including for terrorism-related offences.

Schoolteacher Ibolya Ryan was killed by an attacker shrouded in a full black veil - nicknamed the Reem Island Ghost - in a shopping centre on Reem Island in December.

Police said at the time that the attacker then planted a bomb outside another American's house that was discovered before it detonated.

The accused will face charges including the "deliberate killing" of Ryan, attempted murder over the bomb plot and committing crimes "with terrorist intent".

She was also accused of charges of "collecting explosive materials, which is prohibited to be assembled by law, without a licence, and established and managed electronically an account on the internet under a pseudonym with a view to promoting ideas of a terrorist group".

The Attorney General said the charges were filed against the accused after extensive investigations which revealed that she listened to lectures by Al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, and watched video clips of killings and beheadings.

He added that the accused embraced the takfiri and jihadist ideology and then engaged in terrorist acts in support of the terrorist organisations Al Qaeda and Daesh.

The Attorney General said that the accused donated funds to Al Qaeda with the aim of financing terrorist operations inside the UAE.

"The accused committed her crime against a foreign resident (a US woman) in a shopping centre to spread terror among both expatriate residents and visitors and embarrass and undermine the state authorities globally," Kubaish said.

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