Businesswoman cleared of impersonation charge

In his defence arguments, Hani Hammouda of Kefah Al Zaabi Office for Advocacy and Legal Consultancy said that the impersonation charge is linked to a theft charge for which the businesswoman has been given a jail sentence.



By Marie Nammour – Senior Reporter

Published: Sat 14 Feb 2015, 12:33 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:38 PM

Dubai: The Court of Misdemeanours has cleared an Iranian businesswoman of the charge of impersonating another woman by using her driving licence as an ID when being interrogated by police officers.

In his defence arguments, Hani Hammouda of Kefah Al Zaabi Office for Advocacy and Legal Consultancy said that the impersonation charge is linked to a theft charge for which the businesswoman has been given a jail sentence.

“On October 1, last year, my client entered a cloth shop in a mall and tried two shirts in the fitting room. However, she had to leave hysterically to the women’s toilets as she had a medical problem which prevented her from controlling herself.” But unfortunately, the woman left carrying with her the two shirts. “The security guard had to follow her to the toilet and bang on the door. They had an altercation which got worse as she did not speak English”.

Hammouda argued that one can’t be punished twice for related crimes. “My client was sentenced to two months in jail and deportation for the theft charge on December 10, last year. As per article 88 of the Penal Code, related crimes in such cases should not be handled separately and should be dealt with as one case and given the convenient punishment for the most serious offence among them.”

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