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A man accused of murdering a British teacher in Qatar has lost his appeal and once again faces the death penalty for his crime.

Yesterday, Badr Hashim Al-Jabr was convicted for a second time of stabbing 24-year-old Lauren Patterson to death.

Shortly after the murder, campers found Patterson’s smoldering remains in the desert, along with a knife.

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Badr Hashim Khamis Abdullah Al-Jabar

Al-Jabr had first been found guilty of the murder in 2014 by a lower criminal court. The verdict was upheld on appeal, but then thrown out last year by the country’s highest court.

The ensuing retrial moved at a snail’s pace, but ended with judges drawing the same conclusions as the legal minds before them.

Al-Jabr did not appear for yesterday’s verdict, but according to AFP, the Court of Cassation said that “the defendant was fully aware of the consequences of his actions.”

‘Justice has prevailed for Lauren’

The newswire added that Patterson’s mother Alison wept when she heard the ruling.

“Thankfully justice has prevailed for Lauren Patterson… (I’m) feeling very emotional but relieved,” she said in a statement to Doha News.

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Alison Patterson had been regularly flying into Doha for the hearings, and was recently asked by a judge whether she wanted to forgive or seek retribution against Al-Jabr.

She told him she “did not want to forgive,” though she previously said she is against the capital punishment and would support a life term in prison.

Judges still hand out death penalty sentences in Qatar, but rights groups say no executions have actually been carried out in over a decade.

The case

Lauren Patterson was last seen alive leaving a La Cigale nightclub in October 2013 with Al-Jabr and his friend, Mohamed Abdallah Hassan Abdul Aziz.

Prosecutors said Al-Jabr took her to a home he used for sexual trysts with women, “conquered her body,” and killed her by stabbing her twice.

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Flowers laid where Lauren Patterson\’s remains were found.

The defense had maintained that Patterson’s death had been an accident, and said confessions obtained from both men were coerced.

Abdul Aziz was convicted in 2014 of helping dispose of Patterson’s body. He has since served his three-year sentence and been released.

Al-Jabr still has one more chance to appeal, but Patterson’s mother said that “due to the thoroughness of the judicial system here, the likelihood of another appeal is highly unlikely.

She added that she is praying the ordeal is over.

Thoughts?

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Lauren Patterson with her mother Alison

The family of a woman murdered in Qatar four years ago has decided to seek retribution against the man accused of killing her.

Badr Hashim Al-Jabr is currently being retried for stabbing Lauren Patterson to death in 2013.

A verdict in the case was due last week, but then postponed until yesterday.

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Court of Appeals and Cassation

This was so the victim’s mother could tell the judge whether she she wanted retribution, compensation or forgiveness for her daughter.

“I told the judge I did not want to forgive,” Alison Patterson told Doha News.

She will now have to return to Qatar for the third time in a month for the verdict and sentencing on April 30.

Long road

News of Lauren Patterson’s murder made international headlines because of the shocking nature of her death.

The 24-year-old British expat was last seen alive leaving a La Cigale nightclub in October 2013 with Al-Jabar and his friend, Mohamed Abdallah Hassan Abdul Aziz.

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Mohamed Abdallah Hassan Abdul Aziz

Her burned remains were found hours later in the desert, along with the murder weapon, a knife.

Abdul Aziz, a Qatari, served a three-year sentence for his role in the killing, and has since been released.

Meanwhile, Al-Jabr, also a Qatari, was sentenced to the death penalty in 2014. Qatar’s Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s verdict against him.

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Badr Hashim Khamis Abdullah Al-Jabar

But last year, the ruling was vacated by the Court of Cassation, which ordered a new trial.

It is unclear what will happen during sentencing at the end of this month.

Notably, life sentences in Qatar can end up being 15 to 20 years long.

And while the death penalty is still being handed out in courts, this sentence has not been carried out in the country for over a decade.

Thoughts?

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Two or more people have been detained by police following the murder of a Qatari national, the Ministry of Interior has said.

The killing took place in northern Qatar and news of it went viral on Whatsapp this week. The arrest was announced on Twitter last night:

But no further information about the nature of the crime or when it happened was made available.

Violent crimes such as murder are relatively rare in Qatar, and announcements about arrests like these are few and far between.

However, as the population grows, crimes have also increased, government figures showed in 2012.

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That said, last year, officials announced that the number of reported violent crimes has actually fallen almost 50 percent in recent years.

Still, this could also be due to underreporting of such incidences, analysts argue.

Transparency

On Twitter, residents reacted to the MOI’s announcement by expressing their condolences to the victim and their relatives.

Some also urged authorities to maintain a transparent investigation and provide regular updates.

Meanwhile, others commended the MOI for not offering any identifying details, saying it goes against the law to do so.

Translation: Publishing names in the news is prohibited and punishable by law. Those who do so should be punished.

The case is now presumably with the attorney general’s office.

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