3 friends hide drug victim's body

Dubai - They drove his car to a remote area and left it with the victim inside

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Marie Nammour

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Published: Sun 10 Dec 2017, 8:08 PM

Last updated: Sun 10 Dec 2017, 10:10 PM

Three Emirati students were charged on Sunday with hiding the body of their friend who died from a heroin overdose.
Public prosecution records show the three accused - two aged 19 and the third, 18 - drove the Emirati victim's car with his body inside and left it at a remote area in Lahbab on August 31. They also allegedly moved the body to the driver's seat.
A police lieutenant told the prosecutor at the Court of First Instance that after the victim was reported missing, the police contacted two of the defendants who were his close friends, but they denied knowing his whereabouts.
"However, one of them shortly called to say he was aware of what happened to his friend and how he died," the lieutenant said, "The 19-year-old accused said he got a call from the 18-year-old accomplice around 10pm telling him about their friend's death. He went to Al Warqaa and found the victim dead in his car. They decided to drive the victim's body to Lahbab area and leave his car hidden in an off-road location." The 18-year-old cleaned the victim's car and disposed off his mobile phone.
However, that accused claimed to interrogators the victim was already unwell when he met him around noon on the fateful day. He denied having helped him use drugs or given him any shots.
They said their friend tried to resuscitate the victim when he found him unresponsive, but in vain. The next hearing will be held on December 12 to summon the accused.
mary@khaleejtimes.com



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