Soldier charged with theft, impersonating policeman

DUBAI — An Emirati soldier, who allegedly intercepted a man on a road in Satwa and stole his cash after impersonating a cop, stood trial in the Court of First Instance on Thursday.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Fri 19 Aug 2011, 11:16 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 5:10 AM

He allegedly grabbed the 40-year-old Bangladeshi man by the neck and knocked him down. He then snatched the wallet and took away Dh5,000 from it. He then left the scene after kicking the man and beating him. The Bangladeshi said during investigation that he was walking to his friend’s home in Satwa around 9pm that night.

He was surprised when someone — the defendant — grabbed him by his neck, pulled his shirt and pushed him to the ground. As his wallet fell down the defendant picked it up. He then kicked him and slapped him on his face and body.

When the Bangladeshi asked him why he was being attacked, the accused asked him to shut up claiming he was a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer. The accused then made a phone call and a few minutes later a car driven by a woman arrived.

The defendant asked the woman ‘if this is the man’ and she said no. He then threw the wallet away and rode away in the lady’s car. A friend of the victim, who had seen the whole incident happen, managed to take down the car’s registration number. He confirmed having seen the victim being beaten and robbed by the defendant. An Emirati corporal told the prosecutor that on February 24, the Operations Room was informed about an incident of assault and forcible theft by a suspect impersonating a cop in Satwa.

When they reached the spot, the victim said he was not feeling well. He was taken to Rashid Hospital in an ambulance. After he was given necessary treatment, he went to the police station where he narrated what had happened. He added that the defendant fled the place in a four-wheel drive. The police managed to track down the defendant through the vehicle’s registration number. — mary@khaleejtimes.com



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