Yemeni Students Demand Wider Investigation in Sanaa Ripper’s Case

Published May 28th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

More than 10,000 students demonstrated in the Yemeni capital Sunday to demand the arrest of alleged accomplices of the "Sanaa ripper" who has confessed in court to the rape and murder of 16 young women. 

They marched under police escort from Sanaa University, where the killings took place in the morgue of the faculty of medicine, to the presidential palace, an AFP correspondent said. 

"Reveal the truth," read their banner. 

"We want university officials to go on trial: the president, the dean of the faculty of medicine, teachers and security officials," insisted one of the students, Wadad Awatef, 24. 

"Several girls disappeared without them bothering to investigate. They didn't even bother to look into the complaints of parents" of missing women, she said. 

Hamad Ayad, 22, said the self-confessed Sudanese killer must have had accomplices. "The Sudanese couldn't have transformed the faculty morgue into a slaughter-house for women for five years without anybody noticing," he said. 

Mohammad Adam Omar Ishaak, a 52-year-old morgue attendant, confessed at the start of his trial on Saturday to the series of grisly murders between November 1995 and January 2000. 

He strangled most of the victims during the rapes and chopped up the bodies to dispose of them. Aged between 20 and 30, they were then dissolved in acid and the remains thrown into the sewers, according to Mohammad Adam's confession. 

"I recorded some of the rape scenes on video to remember them," he said. 

A lawyer for the victims' families has called for the investigation to be widened; arguing the series of crimes could not have been carried out without accomplices - SANAA (AFP)  

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