Imam cleared of charges of molesting eight-year-old

DUBAI — The Dubai Court of Appeal has acquitted an Indian imam of the charges of molesting an eight-year-old American boy.


Amira Agarib

Published: Tue 31 Aug 2010, 12:15 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:14 AM

Earlier, the Dubai Court of First Instance had sentenced him to three years in jail on the charges for molesting the boy while teaching him the holy Quran along with his 10-year-old brother in a room adjacent to a mosque.

According to the charge sheet, Z.H had lured the boy to the private where he hugged him and kissed him on his cheeks.

The 26-year-old imam (a person who leads the prayers) had denied molesting the boy.

At the court hearing, Haroon Tahlak, the lawyer of the accused, said the testimony of an eight-year-old child was illogical. He said the two brothers wanted to create a problem for the imam so as to avoid going to him to memorise Quran because he was a strict teacher.

It’s for this reason that they told about it to the father and not the mother, the lawyer said, while asking the court that if the father had photographed the incident as he claims, why didn’t he produce it to the court?

The lawyer said the child was not referred to the Forensic medicine doctors to for tests.

The advocate pleaded with the Presiding Judge Al Saeed Mohammad Barghout that his client was innocent and should be pronounced innocent.


Sharjah Court dismisses petition in drug case

SHARJAH — The Sharjah Criminal Court has dismissed a law suit against an Emirati drug user who had joined the Sharjah Drug Rehabilitation Centre.

At a court hearing presided by Judge Yousuf Al Hamadi, the suspect confessed that he had been using drugs for some time, but added that he had himself approached the rehabilitation center asking for treatment.

He said he stayed at the centre for three days and then asked to be shifted to another rehabilitation centre, but they, instead, handed him to the Anti Drug Unit of Sharjah Police, which referred him to the Sharjah Public Prosecution after finding traces of drug in his blood. The Public Prosecution charged him with drug use.

The court said the report submitted to it showed that the tests were carried out before the suspect approached the rehabilitation centre and that the police too had not found any drugs in his possession.

As he did not use drugs after entering the rehabilitation centre, the court rejected the lawsuit filed against him.

Court asks to compensate scholar for wrong complaint

SHARJAH — The Sharjah Court of First Instance has slapped a fine of Dh74,480 on the Arab Family Organisation for material and psychological harm caused to a Ph.D holder.

The court passed the order during a court hearing presided by Judge Ahmed Mohammed Abdul Basit.

The Arab Family Organisation (AFO) had filed a complaint to the Department of Naturalization that the scholar was absconding. The man, who was in the country and was not absconding, filed a law suit against the AFO in 2009. The court also issued direction to compensate the doctor.

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