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Wednesday, 20 June, 2001, 09:53 GMT 10:53 UK
Yemen 'ripper' executed
Sana'a street scene
The case has caused uproar in the capital, Sana'a
The Yemen authorities have executed a Sudanese morgue worker who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering two female students at Sana'a University.

Mohammad Adam Omar
Omar had been suspected of up to 50 murders

A police firing squad shot dead 52-year-old Mohammad Adam Omar, who has been dubbed in the local press as the "Sana'a Ripper", in a square near the university complex as thousands of Yemenis looked on.

He was shot five times in the heart after receiving 80 lashes for drinking alcohol, which is banned under Yemen's Islamic law.

His body was then taken away by ambulance from the public square, dubbed the Medhbah or slaughterhouse, in central Sana'a.

The spectators included the families of the dead students, who were Yemeni and Iraqi nationals.

Policemen prevented cameramen and photographers from recording the event.

Retraction

In November a Yemeni court sentenced Omar, a morgue worker at Sana'a University's medical school, to death for the murder of Hosn Ahmad Attiya, a Yemeni national, and Zeinab Saud Aziz from Iraq, both nursing students.

He was arrested in May last year on suspicion of raping and killing 16 women after the bodies of 21 female students were found buried on campus or hidden in the university's sewers.

Omar initially confessed to all the murders but later retracted his statement and said he had only killed the Iraqi and Yemeni students.

Wednesday's execution raised to 11 the number of convicts executed in Yemen so far this year.

The Arab state implements Islamic Sharia law, which sets execution as the punishment for murderers, rapists and drug smugglers.

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