Epileptic accused collapses in court

DUBAI— An accused in a human trafficking case collapsed in the Court of First Instance on Thursday, shortly after the panel finished listening to three witnesses.

By Mary Nammour

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Published: Sat 27 Nov 2010, 12:24 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:11 PM

The Bangladeshi man, apparently epileptic, fell down and remained lying on the ground for few minutes before the policemen in the dock could carry him inside and an ambulance was called. He is accused — along with two other Bangladeshis, a man and a woman — of allegedly holding a maid captive and forcing her into prostitution.

One of the witnesses, an Emirati police major of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigner Affairs, told the panel presided over by Mohammed Bilabed, that the case dated back toApril 16 when the police was informed of suspected infiltration from Oman through the Hatta passage. “We kept a close watch,” the police said. They tried to set the suspects up in Hatta. Then it was known that one of the defendants managed to enter through the Hili passage accompanied by a woman (the alleged victim). In his statement, the major said that a maid was brought from Oman and exploited. Following leads, the police arrested one of the defendants in Jaffliyah and the other two in Al Diyafa Street.— mary@khaleejtimes.com

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