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Ehab Atta, Staff Reporter
The Dubai Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced a gang of 5 Asians to 6 months in jail to be followed by deportation on charges of robbing Etisalat bill payment kiosks.
According to the official records, the gang members committed several robberies in the same method until they were recently caught by the police while stealing Dhs3,000 from a kiosk.
As per the testimony of the victim, witnesses and the confession of one of the defendants, the manager of the shop in which the robbery took place received a call from one of his employees that an Etisalat bill payment kiosk in front of a supermarket had been robbed.
The shop’s surveillance cameras showed that the defendants who committed the robbery used a pickup for moving the machine but could not be identified.
Investigations of the incident led to one of the defendants confessing that he and the other defendants have robbed such kiosks in the past. Adding that last time they uprooted a kiosk by iron scissors and transported it to a nearby farm, where they divided the money among them and then threw the kiosk in a nearby dump.
After searching the farm, the tools used in the robbery were seized.
An Asian maid, 42, decided to rob her employer only 3 days after she had been hired. She stole Dhs2,000 and her passport and ran away.
Eleven African, Arab, European, GCC and Asian people, including two fugitives, had colluded and planned to steal Dhs3 million during a fake cash transfer deal.
The Dubai Public Prosecution referred a 27-year-old GCC employee to trial on charges of forced theft, impersonation of detectives and seizing Dhs3,000 and two phones from a person.
Experts said the findings may change how governments plan for the next phase of the pandemic, including how they fund and organise vaccine research and development.
Individuals whose tourist or visit visas had expired after March 1, 2020, and were not able to leave due to COVID-19, have to leave the country within one month without any fines.
Of the almost 2,000 samples, only 12 had antibodies, said Reinhard Berner from the University Hospital of Dresden, adding the first results gave no evidence that school children play a role in spreading the virus particularly quickly.