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Sohaila Ahmed, Staff Reporter
The Dubai Criminal Court has sentenced an Arab manager, 28-year-old, to one year of jail-time, followed by deportation, for impersonating a police officer and robbing an Asian woman.
Official records indicate that the 37-year-old, Asian victim was heading to a Dubai metro station, when she was suddenly stopped by the suspect, who claimed he was an undercover police officer.
The suspect asked her to show her identification card, but the victim said she only had her labour card. He then asked where she kept her money, so the victim took out her wallet and the suspect took Dhs1,200 from it.
The suspect suddenly pushed her by the face until she fell down hard and fled away. The fall caused a pelvic fracture for the helpless victim.
Last month, the Dubai Public Prosecution referred two Asians to the criminal court for impersonating police officers, kidnapping a man and robbing him of Dhs5,000 and other belongings. Defendants are 23 and 28 years old.
Official records indicate that on the day of the incident, the two suspects in Arab attire stopped victim and pretending to be CID officers asked the victim to accompany them.
The defendants had prior knowledge that the victim has run away from his sponsor and was wanted by police.
They drove off to a highway in Al Hamriyah Area.
The suspects took the victim’s fingerprints on some device claiming to be checking his criminal record.
Afterwards, they informed the victim that he had to pay a Dhs50,000 fine for leaving his sponsor's job and illegally selling telephone cards.
They also threatened the victim that he would be jailed for 6 months followed by deportation for his crime.
The Dubai Court of Appeal upheld a ruling issued by the Criminal Court sentencing a gang of eight Asians to six months in jail to be followed by deportation and fining them Dhs207,000 after all the eight persons were convicted of stealing electrical cables worth the same amount of the fine from a warehouse in Al Quoz Industrial Area.
The Dubai Criminal Court sentenced a Latin American girl to 10 years in jail to be followed by deportation and fined her Dhs50,000 after she was convicted of possessing and importing eight kilogrammes of cocaine inside her suitcase.
The Dubai Court of Appeal ruled that the jail term of a gang of 7 Asians be increased from 3 to 5 years to be followed by deportation after being convicted of stealing Dhs289,000. The court also ruled that they be fined Dhs290,000. The case dated back to last March when the victim filed a complaint that he had been robbed and assaulted by 7 Asians.
The Dubai Appellate Court upheld the ruling of the Court of First Instance to jail an Asian for a year, to be followed by deportation, besides a fine of Dhs308,000 on charges of conniving with fugitives, to stealing Dhs293,000 and a computer from an Asian businessman after luring him to a place to exchange dirhams for US dollars at a price lower than the market.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) affirmed that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts, and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at undermining security and stability in contravention of human values and principles.
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