Egyptian Woman Reportedly Executed
Dec. 24, 1997
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ An Egyptian woman has been executed for killing her Emirates husband after her children refused to grant their mother clemency, the Gulf News reported today.
Zainab Ramadan Zaki, convicted of premeditated murder, killed Tuesday by firing squad in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven that make up the United Arab Emirates. Her brother was sentenced to 10 years in prison as an accessory, the English-language daily said.
Although a murder victim's immediate family can grant clemency, sometimes in exchange for financial compensation, Zaki's six children demanded their mother be executed, the newspaper said.
Zaki reported her husband, whose name was not released, missing in September 1992. His stabbed and mutilated body later was found.
Zaki confessed and said her brother helped get rid of the body. She told police she had not intended to kill her husband, only to hurt him after a dispute.
Zaki's brother hid the victim's body in a mountainous area where he mutilated and tried to burn it, the newspaper said.