The body of an 11-year-old Muslim boy who vanished during a visit to his mosque for afternoon prayers was found the next day on a nearby rooftop, and the suspect responsible for his death reportedly lured the boy in a strange way.
Azan Majid Janjua was snatched from an Abu Dhabi mosque in the United Arab Emirates on May 30 by a man dressed in a woman’s burka. The man then raped and strangled the boy with a rope, according to The (U.K.) Sun.
Abu Dhabi police Maj. Gen. Maktoum Al Sharifi said the suspect, who has not been named, told investigators he “cross-dressed as a woman because he knew that the boy would not go with a man without permission from his parents.”
Azan’s half-naked body was found on May 31 on the rooftop of the building where he lived with his father, Dr. Majid Janjua. Air-conditioning technicians who were on the roof to make repairs reportedly made the gruesome discovery about 10 a.m., according to Gulf News.
The 38-year-old father was originally from Pakistan, while the boy’s mother was from Russia. Although she no longer lived in Abu Dhabi, she was reportedly in the city visiting the family for Ramadan when the tragedy occurred.
Janjua said his son was not in the habit of going off with strangers, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
“He never went outside without our permission,” the boy’s father said.
While the family was shocked by the tragedy, Janjua explained that they were trusting “Allah’s decision.”
“We have to accept it,” he said, recalling how enthusiastic his son had been about the Islamic religion, particularly on the day he was killed.
The suspect, a Pakistani immigrant who was reportedly known by the victim’s family, was arrested less than 48 hours after Azan’s body was found. He has confessed to the crime, according to The Sun, and forensics investigators also found evidence linking him to the murder.
If he is found guilty, the alleged rapist and murderer could be sentenced to death by firing squad. However, these sentences in the United Arab Emirates are often commuted to life in prison, the Daily Mail reported.
Hopefully, justice will be served in the highest degree possible for this innocent young boy and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
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