DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The father of a boy murdered in a Dubai mosque said Thursday that the convicted killer had been put to death by a firing squad. It was the first execution in the United Arab Emirates in three years.
Mukhthiar Ahmed Khudabakhsh, the father of the 4-year-old victim, said the sentence was carried out on Thursday at a shooting range in Dubai.
The boy's parents were among five family members present for the execution of Rashid Rabee al-Rashidi, a 30-year-old boat captain convicted of raping and killing the boy Moosa in a mosque bathroom in November 2009.
The UAE's last execution was in February 2008.