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Woman Arraigned For Torturing Maid To Death In Dubai

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A woman has been accused of torturing her two maids and causing one of them to die of pneumonia, while she kept them unfed and locked in her Al Rashidiya home for more than a month.

The surviving maid, a Filipina, alleged that the 45-year-old Emirati woman, Roha M.(real name withheld), beat them with sticks while unclad, banged their heads against the wall until they bled, and also forced them to drink cleaning products. She told the court her Ethiopian colleague was so hungry she searched for food in the garbage.

Prosecution records said the severity of the torture and conditions of their confinement led to the Ethiopian’s death and caused the 29-year-old Filipina, Emma(name withheld) to suffer severe injuries.

Dubai Police’s forensic expert, who examined the injuries of the Ethiopian confirmed that she had been tortured consistently for more than a month.

The examiner said keeping her without medication worsened her health and caused her to develop pneumonia.

“The fact that she was made to drink a pesticide quickened her death,” said the examiner.

According to the charge sheet, prosecutors said Roha M. also failed to provide the maids with medical care that led to the Ethiopian’s death while the Filipina suffered serious injuries.

Roha’s husband was also charged with aiding and abetting his wife by preparing a room at the top of his villa and sealing its windows from outside to confine the maids.

The Emirati husband and his wife entered a not guilty plea when they defended themselves before the Dubai Court of First Instance.

Roha said with a jittery voice: “No… that did not happen. I swear to God. I did not touch the maids. I knew nothing about their injuries.”

Presiding judge Ali Atiyyah Sa’ad rejected Roha’s bail request and adjourned the trial to hear witnesses on July 1. The husband remains out on bail.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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