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Abu Dhabi: A Sri Lanka man was executed on Thursday morning by firing squad in Abu Dhabi after being convicted of murdering an Emirati Engineer in Al Ain in 2002.

Sources confirmed that 36-year-old Alex Rohana, a Sri Lankan, was executed at 7am in the presence of a judge, general public prosecutor, Imam, doctor and police officials.

Rohana stabbed to death Mohammad Obaid Al Muhairi, a 39-year-old father of eight children.

Al Muhairi was the deputy head of the engineering section at Al Ain Municipality and Town Planning Department.

Rohana was sentenced to death by an Abu Dhabi court after being convicted on charges of murder, breaking into a house and having an illicit affair with a woman.

Blood parents of the victim refused to waive their rights or pardon the killer.

A day before his execution, Rohana told Gulf News over the phone from a cell in solitary confinement that he regretted what he did and that he accepted his destiny. Rohana also said that police officials and the prison warden had been very kind and supportive.

Rohana, a father of one daughter who worked for a company in Fujairah, was having an affair with a Sri Lankan housemaid during the time of the attack. On the night of the murder Rohana went to meet the woman at her sponsor’s house in Al Ain to spend the night with her in her room. While the couple was together, the Al Muhairi woke up for morning prayers and when he heard strange noises coming from the housemaid’s room he went to check. The housemaid reportedly denied that someone else was in her room. Rohana tried to run away but was caught by Al Muhairi, they fought and Rohana attacked Al Muhairi, stabbing him to death in his chest with a knife.

Rohana converted to Islam in 2008. He asked his friend on Wednesday not to inform his mother or daughter that he had been executed.

“I’m asking for forgiveness from all that others have endured because of me,” Rohana said. The executed man’s belongings were given to his friend.

Police released the body of Rohana to his relative and friend for burial. (gulfnews)
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  • lankaman Friday, 07 December 2012 05:31 AM

    If he had requested news of his execution be kept from his mother and daughter, I hope "Rohana" is not his real name

    Sameera Friday, 07 December 2012 09:53 AM

    Fool, Asfar.. why do you want to pull the holy relegions here ??? you are a nut looking for love !

    Mother of Rohana Friday, 07 December 2012 05:47 AM

    Rohana converted to Islam in 2008 WTF??
    Glad to hear you were EXECUTED !!!

    ANTON Friday, 07 December 2012 05:48 AM

    ABUDAABIYE EHEMA KALATH LANKAAWE EHEMA WENNE NAA.

    Sameera Friday, 07 December 2012 09:54 AM

    do you have any negative aspects about this issue ? i mean an arab killed a non muslim and he still set free like in sri lanka ?

    mohamed asfar Friday, 07 December 2012 05:58 AM

    what happened to the maid ? this is what most of these sri lankans doing in the middle east and blaming the arabs for everything.

    zeylanicus Friday, 07 December 2012 06:04 AM

    The news says this guys is from Sri Lanka....

    kavi Friday, 07 December 2012 06:08 AM

    after committing any crime change your religion which carries a sword.

    anti racist Friday, 07 December 2012 06:28 AM

    Wondering why DM mentioned the conversion to another religion by this person. After all what has the religion of a human has to do with an execution. Though we call ourselves anti racist we seem to use religion\race when referring to someone when it isn't required to do so :)

    Roshan Friday, 07 December 2012 10:17 AM

    Yes, then the emirati will be freed under the context of self -defence.

    christopher Saturday, 08 December 2012 10:17 AM

    JJE, why don't you join Bodu Bala Sena and stop the women going to Middle East, then we wil see how prospoerus you become?

    mohamed asfar Friday, 07 December 2012 06:46 AM

    though i am very sad for this man and his family, i am very much heartened to see no one commented anything negative about islam or muslims. thanks to every one who understood that criminals must pay for their crimes.

    JJE Friday, 07 December 2012 10:34 AM

    death penalty must be started in SL also for rapists and child abusers.

    JJE Friday, 07 December 2012 10:40 AM

    judicial rules are a bit different for their own nationals. more like tribal law

    sobers Friday, 07 December 2012 10:38 AM

    Srilanka should follow same. Introduce Gallows!

    JJE Friday, 07 December 2012 10:42 AM

    the middle least is one of of the worst places for asian people. the knife doesn't cut both ways over there.

    JJE Friday, 07 December 2012 10:43 AM

    don't be fooled by thinking that the arabs are a bunch of holy people, they commit some of the worst atrocities in the middle east. people from asia should stop going to work as domestic helpers for these inhumane sobs and find work elsewhere.

    Karu Sunday, 09 December 2012 06:32 AM

    He was convinced to convert religion that he thought he may be pardon from killing.......but he didn't know what they just want

    OMG Friday, 07 December 2012 10:55 AM

    Correction.

    A religion that serves justice to the victim.

    OMG Friday, 07 December 2012 10:57 AM

    If you dont like the laws of the Gulf why not stay in Sri Lanka and make a living.

    Paddy Suman Friday, 07 December 2012 08:09 AM

    Why not the Abu Dhabi authorities take action against the locals who kill our housemaids and punish them by a firing squad as the same way they did to Rohana.

    thinker Friday, 07 December 2012 08:19 AM

    true...but one wonders if the same would have applied if the tables had turned and it was Rohana who was murdered by the emirati man.

    Dee Friday, 07 December 2012 08:21 AM

    probably would have thought that he would be 'forgiven'

    Anon Sunday, 09 December 2012 10:10 AM

    Karu, did you even know this story before for you to comment that he was convinced? if that was true please do state sources. Kindly refrain from making false statements!

    piyal Friday, 07 December 2012 08:43 AM

    The innocent children of those dead are the real sufferers

    reader Friday, 07 December 2012 04:25 AM

    Changing religion after committing a crime wont take away the sins committed

    anton pinghe Saturday, 08 December 2012 06:11 AM

    ai mohomed ridenawade????

    Saliya Wickremasuriy Friday, 07 December 2012 09:05 AM

    I love Lenard's sarcasm.

    weha Friday, 07 December 2012 04:48 AM

    That's why always say keep you stuff inside you pants.

    Thomas Friday, 07 December 2012 04:56 AM

    Causing disgrace to all Sri Lankans by people of this sort in a foreign country is unforgivable.

    Nelum Saturday, 08 December 2012 06:20 AM

    Dont talk like a stupid. Try to look at practical ways to curb such situations.

    Laminate Friday, 07 December 2012 05:04 AM

    Heart breaking and sad to hear lost of lives from the both sides!

    Lenard Friday, 07 December 2012 05:03 AM

    This punishment is right....at least he chooses the right path...before he was executed...al mighty will forgive him...

    chanakafromDubai Saturday, 08 December 2012 06:54 AM

    here the rules are same and equel for all , since this involved a sril lankan our media is publishing but do you know how many emiratis faced the firing squad for such crimes ? sharia law treats every one equal . no emiratis were pardoned for murder unless the victims family pardon with blood money

    Damma Deepa Friday, 07 December 2012 05:10 AM

    " There is no doubt that he has to face the consequences as well the house maid her self for encouraging this man. He had brought a tremendous disrepute to Damma Deepa and his family can never pardon him. "

    aafi Friday, 07 December 2012 09:33 AM

    It hearts. doesn't it?


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