Trial of 'Sanaa Ripper' Adjourned till Saturday

Published July 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The trial in Yemen of the presumed serial killer, Sudanese Mohammed Adam Omar, has been adjourned till Saturday by the court of first instance in Sanaa, a court 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". 

Following the defense submissions, the court ordered new certified translations of the report and a recess till Saturday. 

The trial of Omar, a morgue employee at Sanaa University now nicknamed "the Sanaa ripper" started on 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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