The man who raped and then killed a Muslim bride-to-be in a Christian-run church in Brunei is a devout Christian who worships at a Christian church and is accused of being “inspired by the devil” for his crime.
Raffaeli Ali Mohamed Ali, 57, is a member of the Christian Baha’i faith who married the bride’s sister, Sabina Almeida, on Dec. 13, 2015.
The couple has three children and Ali, who is not Muslim, is expected to stand trial next month on charges of attempted murder and aggravated rape, according to local media reports.
Almeida’s family told the media that Ali, a devout Muslim, married her after he learned that her father was a Christian and she had a sister named Sabina.
Ali told police that the bride was pregnant and was afraid of the husband’s father.
After the wedding, Ali and Almeidas daughter-in-law were separated, and Ali and his family went to the church for a prayer service, where they were met by the bride.
He then took Sabina to his car, and they drove to the Christian church.
The bride-in, who was Muslim, told the bride-as-he-was-raped that she did not want to be raped and that Ali had been “inspired” by the Devil.
Ali said that after she gave birth, he “went and told the Christians” that she had committed a sin.
Ali then drove her to a field, where he “killed her,” the bride said in the reports.
After Ali confessed to the crime, Almeidanas family asked the police to arrest him, but they did not, and he was released, according the reports by the local media.
Ali was arrested two days later, on Feb. 11.
He is expected in court on Feb 13.
Almaz Almand, an attorney representing Almeidas family, told Al Jazeera that he is “very angry” that the Muslim family was “scared” by Ali’s confession, and that the police did not follow the case in a “prudent manner.”
Ali, who also had a previous conviction for rape, has since been released on bail and ordered to appear in court in May, Almand said.