Modal TriggerPolice officers escort Muhammad al-Maghrabi, 41, who was convicted of raping and murdering a three-year-old girl, to the execution site, in Sanaa
Police officers prepare to execute Muhammad al-Maghrabi (center in blue).
from an assault rifle into Muhammad al-Maghrabi, 41, as he lay with his hands handcuffed behind his back on a blanket on the ground in Sanaa’s Tahrir Square, after a judge read out the death sentence.
The execution drew an unusually large number of onlookers — some perched up telegraph poles and many watching from rooftops — because of the young age of Rana al-Matari, the victim.
Security was tight amid fears of a revenge attack on Maghrabi by armed tribesmen related to his victim. The police truck transporting Maghrabi to the square was escorted by five police patrol vehicles.
Yahya al-Matari, the father of the girl, told reporters after the execution that he felt as if he had been reborn.
“This is the first day in my life,” he said. “I am relieved now.”
SOURCE: THE NEW YORK POST AND Reuters July 31, 2017 | 10:56am