Court Acquits Man of Threat 
and Extortion Charges

DUBAI — A salesman was acquitted on Monday of the charge of threatening and extorting a female visitor to kill her if she reported him to the police and did not pay him Dh7,000.

By Mary Nammour

Published: Tue 19 Jan 2010, 10:43 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:32 PM

The Court of First Instance found the 30-year-old Jordanian salesman not guilty of threatening a Russian woman and trying to extort her out of Dh7,000.

According to the court records, he asked her to pay him Dh7,000 to give her passport back which she had forgotten in his car when he gave her a lift on August 12 last year. “When I stepped down from his car I realised that I lost my passport. I looked for it and did not find it,” the Russian plaintiff alleged. She added that the following day she received a call from the Jordanian who said that her passport was with a Russian man. “He said that he was being just a mediator between me and the Russian. He claimed that the Russian wanted Dh5,000 to give me back my passport,” the visitor said.

He called her many times afterwards and threatened her he would sell the passport to anyone. “He asked me not to tell the police and asked for Dh7,000 to give me back my passport,” the Russian said.

In the arraignment sheet, the Public Prosecution had called for deportation of the defendant terming him as a dangerous criminal. He was considered as a tourist stalker. He was also said to have a criminal record. The defendant was prosecuted for a separate rape case earlier.

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