Trial of 'Sanaa Ripper' Adjourned till August 5

Published July 5th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A Yemeni court has adjourned till August 5th the trial of a presumed serial killer, Sudanese Mohammed Adam Omar, to allow for the translation of a long report compiled by experts on the case, a court source said Wednesday. 

The court of first instance in Sanaa decided to extend the adjournment from Saturday, as originally decreed, because of the 66-page report and to allow further questioning of university professors and security men, the source said. 

Tuesday's court session heard defense comments on a report by German experts commissioned by the state prosecutor and the interior ministry to determine the number and sex of the victims, as well as the cause and date of their deaths. 

In their preliminary report read out in court, the experts discovered "in the morgue 21 complete bodies, two other mutilated bodies as well as dozens of body parts that could come from many different bodies". 

The trial of Omar, a morgue employee at Sanaa university now nicknamed "the Sanaa ripper" started May 27th in the Yemeni capital. 

Initially he confessed to the rape and murder of 16 women at the medical faculty at the university, but one of his supposed victims appeared in court June 3rd, and he retracted most of his confession, saying he had killed just two students - SANAA (AFP) 


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