Attack on Kuwaiti players: 7 referred to prosecution

DUBAI — The Dubai Police have referred seven Emirati youths, who allegedly attacked Kuwaiti jet ski team members, to the Dubai Public Prosecution on charges of assault and melee.

By (Amira Agarib)

Published: Mon 26 Mar 2012, 5:13 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:45 AM

The police on Sunday took six Kuwaiti team members to the General Department of Forensic Science to determine the type of injuries caused to them by the attackers to attach a medical report on the incident to the legal authorities.

Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Deputy Commander-In-Chief of the Dubai Police, met the members of the Kuwaiti team at Port police station after the incident and conveyed to them the assurance from His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to bring all those who involved in the incident to justice as per the UAE laws. He also assured them to provide all kinds of healthcare. Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Lieutenant-General Dhahi Khalfan, Commander-In-Chief of the Dubai Police, had been following up all the legal measures taken against those who involved in the attack, Al Mazeina informed the team members.

According to Al Mazeina, the mastermind behind the attack was a UAE player, who was suspended from races after a conflict with the Kuwaiti team in Abu Dhabi. The police official termed the act of the UAE player as unacceptable and said the attack proved that he did not show the sportsman spirit.

“In sports, a player may win or loss. But the intolerance shown by the UAE player can’t be accepted,” said Al Mazeina, adding that he could have resorted to legal channels when he was suspended.The organisers of the race stopped the UAE player when they saw him at the venue. However, he replied to them that he just wanted to watch the race and was allowed to stand there in the group of audience. Later, he attacked the Kuwaiti team along with his friends. The immediate intervention by the Port police officials helped to control the situation, said Al Mazeina, adding that the Kuwaiti players sustained minor injuries due to the attacks using sticks.Al Mazeina said thatthe injuries the six Kuwaiti players received were minor and they were discharged from the hospital.

Brigadier Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Director of the General Department of Criminal Investigations, said that all the suspects arrested are from Dubai.

Al Mansouri said that some people in social networking sites have exaggerated the incident out of proportion.

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