Psychiatrist Omar Sabadia, South Africa, Murdered Wife, Gets out of Prison in 2019

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UPDATE: Convicted murderer Omar Sabadia to be paroled next year
Sabadia, a trained psychiatrist, was found guilty in 1998 of the kidnapping and murder of his wife Zahida Sabadia.
November 28, 2018

Psychiatrist Omar Sabadia

Psychiatrist Omar Sabadia

The man imprisoned for 50 years for the kidnapping and murder of his wife in 1996 will be released on parole in May 2019.

In June this year, the Gauteng correctional services department applied for Omar Sabadia to be released on parole.

“The department applied for the reconsideration of the parole review board’s decision not to release Sabadia in April,” said department spokesperson Mocheta Monama.

“[This was done] in the interest of victim participation towards restorative justice.”

Sabadia, a trained psychiatrist, was found guilty in 1998 of the kidnapping and murder of his wife Zahida Sabadia.

When Sabadia was sentenced the judge made a recommendation that he spends at least 35 years in jail.

However, Monama previously pointed out that all recommendations made prior to 30 September 2004 were not binding.

“After considering all facts surrounding the matter and [because] victims were given an opportunity to participate in the process, the department can confirm that Sabadia will be placed on parole with effect from May 2019,” said Monama.

“[Sabadia] was found to have satisfied all the requirements for him to be placed on parole.”

His parole will have various conditions attached including being prohibited to leave the Pretoria magisterial district without prior approval.

“He may not use alcohol or drugs unless prescribed by a medical practitioner, he may not threaten or intimidate any person and he may not contact any victims unless by professional arrangement,” said Monama.

“Sabadia will be expected to go through some interventions [in the meantime] which aim to prepare him for reintegration back into society.”

Sabadia’s daughters opposed the decision to release him on parole in April this year.

Their legal representative Ahmed Suliman previously said they were not ready for his release.

“The family feels Sabadia must serve at least half his prison sentence of which four years are still remaining.