Promise of Riches Through Witchcraft Backfires

Afkar Abdullah?kt Exclusive
Filed on May 15, 2009

DUBAI A man stole Dh2.5 million from his company and handed it over to an acquaintance who had promised to double the amount through witchcraft, a Dubai Police official told Khaleej Times on Wednesday.

The suspect, a Tunisian national, initially claimed that the money was snatched from his hands by an African man who had sprayed liquid in his eyes as he left a bank branch in Al Baraha.

The police official, who asked not to be named, said CID officers investigating the incident found that the suspect had in fact stolen the money from his company.

The man and an Algierian colleague had given the money to the African.

Police arrested the Tunisian and his colleague for alleged involvement in the crime.

Three Africans have also been held as police continue their investigations.

Claiming to perform witchcraft is a criminal offence under UAE laws.

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