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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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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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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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It will be at least another week before a local court decides whether to find a man innocent or guilty of the “worst crime ever committed in Qatar.”

Badr Hashim Al-Jabr is currently on trial (again) for stabbing Lauren Patterson to death in 2013.

He faces the death penalty for killing her. A verdict in the case was due this week, but has now been pushed back to April 3, according to the victim’s mother.

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Badr Hashim Khamis Abdullah Al-Jabar

Speaking to Doha News, Alison Patterson said she and several supporters flew into Qatar for yesterday’s verdict.

But the judge declined to issue a verdict.

Instead, he asked her to discuss with her lawyer whether she wished to opt for retribution, compensation or forgiveness regarding what happened.

“As you can imagine, I’m feeling very stressed out,” Patterson said.

Back story

Lauren Patterson, 24, was last seen alive leaving a La Cigale nightclub in October 2013 with Al-Jabar and his friend, Mohamed Abdallah Hassan Abdul Aziz.

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

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Flowers laid where Lauren Patterson’s remains were found.

Citing investigation results and confessions from the men, a Qatar prosecutor previously told the court that Al-Jabar took Patterson to a home he used for sexual trysts with women.

He then “conquered her body,” and killed her by stabbing her twice. However, the defense said that Patterson’s death was an accident, and called the confessions coerced.

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

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Mohamed Abdallah Hassan Abdul Aziz

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

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

Decision day

Victims’ families in Qatar are allowed to express whether they want a “blood money” payment of QR200,000, jail time or the death penalty for a defendant.

But no verdict has been issued yet. And it is unclear what impact Alison Patterson’s wishes will have on the court’s decision.

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Yesterday, Patterson declined to share her thoughts on a potential answer to the judge’s questions.

But she previously told Doha News that she is against the death penalty and would instead favor a lengthy prison sentence.

In a December 2014 interview, Patterson said:

“At first, I was seized by passionate anger and I wanted both (defendants) off the earth, gone … But after this time and now when I think about it from a moral standpoint, I feel that I can’t be as cruel as they have been.

I’d be agreeing to exactly the same thing. Even though a murderer kills someone, they also have a family who would be going through the same thing if they are dead.”

Thoughts?