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Reem Island murder accused sent for psychological tests

State Security Circuit of the Federal Supreme Court says medical committee will examine Emirati woman

Reem Island murder accused sent for psychological tests

An Emirati woman accused of stabbing to death an American teacher in a mall toilet on Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, has been sent for psychological tests to determine her mental health condition.

The State Security Circuit of the Federal Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to refer Alaa Bader Abdulla Al Hashemi, the woman accused of killing teacher Ibolya Ryan in Abu Dhabi on December 1 last year, state news agency WAM reported.

The case, presided over by judge Falah Al Hajeri, was adjourned to April 27 to pursue pleadings and hear more prosecution witnesses, it said.

The court delegated a medical committee to examine the accused and prepare a detailed report on her psychological and health condition.

Last week, the Federal Supreme Court saw video evidence presented by the public prosecution in which the defendant re-enacted her murder of Ibolya Ryan in the Boutik Mall.

Reports said that at the end of the video, Al Hashemi confessed to the murder, saying she did it to disturb the overall peace of the country.

She is 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.

The bomb, which was placed outside an apartment in a building on the Corniche, failed to detonate due to a glitch in the safety feature.

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