Kidnappers Arrested as Uzbek 
Woman Rescued Unharmed

DUBAI — In a swift operation, a 23-year-old Uzbek woman was rescued unharmed and her three kidnappers arrested early on February 9 at Ajman Corniche.


Amira Agarib

Published: Fri 13 Feb 2009, 1:40 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:38 AM

Among the arrested were a Russian man, a woman from Turkmenistan and a Zairean national, who is said to be the mastermind.

According to a complaint lodged with the Al Ghusais Police Station on February 7, a 25-year-old Uzbek woman alleged that her younger sister had been kidnapped from her home in Al Nahda-2, around 9pm. The complainant told the police that an hour before reaching home, she had tried calling her sister but discovered that her phone was switched off.

On reaching home, she found her sister missing.

The complainant reported that around 10.20pm she received a call from a man who told her that she should send Dh150,000 to somebody in Uzbekistan to seek her sister’s release.

The caller hung up after telling her that he would call again the following day.

The Al Ghusais Criminal Investigation Department officers laid a trap in coordination with the complainant. The motive was to arrest the suspects and secure the safe release of the kidnapped woman.

When the alleged abductor called up the next day, as briefed by the police, the woman told the caller to collect the cash from her at Ajman Corniche on February 9 at 6am.

The suspect accepted the offer.

At the appointed time, the abductors, accompanied by the kidnapped woman, reached Ajman Corniche in a black car. Without wasting any time, the police teams swooped on the car, overpowered the three occupants and rescued the woman.

The trio were referred to the Dubai Public Prosecution on Tuesday.


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