Sanaa Ripper Says He Butchered Dozens of Women across Middle East, Africa

Published May 29th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A Sudanese morgue attendant on trial for the rape and murder of 16 young women in Yemen coolly admitted Monday to killing another 11 in Sudan and even more in Kuwait, Lebanon and Central African countries. 

"I admit all these facts," the so-called Sanaa Ripper, Mohammad Adam Omar Ishaak, said in a strong and self-assured voice after his confessions were read out in court on the second day of his trial. 

Apart from the gruesome killings in Yemen, the morgue attendant at Sanaa University's faculty of medicine has confessed to police that he raped and murdered 11 women between 1976 and 1981 when he had the same job at Khartoum University. 

He left a trail of bodies in Kuwait, then in Lebanon, and Central African countries where he also worked, according to the confessions made to police but which do not give further figures. 

In a May 18 interview with a Yemeni newspaper, Mohammad Adam said he had lost count of the total number of women he slew. According to local papers, he went through more than 50 victims. 

"I acted alone, no one helped me," he told the court, ignoring the presence of relatives of his prey. 

However the court gave instructions for investigations into possible accomplices to go ahead. 

A number of suspects are still being questioned, according to legal sources. 

More than 10,000 students marched through the Yemeni capital on Sunday demanding that the 52-year-old Sudanese be executed and his corpse put on public display. They also called for suspected accomplices to be brought to trial. 

The medical faculty's dean, his assistant, and the university's head of security have all been sacked. 

Mohammad Adam, who faces execution by firing squad, had to speak for himself in court after his lawyer, Mohammad al-Khatib, said his conscience would not allow him to continue the defense. 

No other Yemeni lawyer would take on the case. 

The court also agreed to the repatriation of the body of Iraqi student Zainab Saud, who died last December. 

It was the persistence of her parents, which finally led Yemeni police to look into the mysterious disappearances of women at the university -- eight of them medical students. 

Mohammad Adam confessed at the opening of his trial on Saturday that the slayings in Sanna began in November 1995, two years after he arrived, and continued until January 2000. He was arrested in May. 

He strangled most of his victims, aged 20-30, chopped up the bodies, dissolved them in acid and threw the remains into the sewers. 

Police have managed to identify only two bodies. 

"I recorded some of the rape scenes on video to remember them," the Sudanese said in court on Saturday. 

He told a local newspaper he has a Yemeni wife as well as a son and daughter by a Sudanese women from whom he is divorced. 

The trial resumes at the north Sanaa criminal court on Saturday, June 3rd – SANAA (AFP) 


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