Gang robs Dh1m of an Indian gold trader

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Gang robs Dh1m of an Indian gold trader
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Dubai - They kidnapped the victim from a hotel in Al Muraqqabat

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Mon 28 Nov 2016, 8:17 PM

Last updated: Mon 28 Nov 2016, 11:28 PM

Eight men allegedly robbed more than Dh1 million belonging to an Indian gold trader after kidnapping his friend who was carrying the money, the Court of First Instance was told on Monday.

The gang, three Ugandans and a Congolese national, on visit visas, and two Sudanese, one Syrian (a student) and a Saudi kidnapped the victim from a hotel in Al Muraqqabat after two of them fooled him into thinking they were CID officers, before taking him in their car.

They are also accused of stealing a mobile phone and an ID card from the victim.

The Saudi defendant, a 53-year-old trader, allegedly kicked, punched and resisted an on-duty police officer.

The incident took place on January 25 and was reported to Al Muraqqabat police station.

The gold trader, aged 37, said two of the defendants met him in a hotel in Deira to strike a deal on January 22. "They earlier called me and claimed they had gold plates for sale. I brought Dh1.05 million with me and asked my compatriot friend, an accountant, to attend the meeting".

The trader did not buy the plates because the men would not let him check them first. The next day, the trader met the men again, but again no transaction took place.

On January 25, they agreed to let him check the gold. "They gave me the suitcase with plates and I went to check the gold at the Gold Souq, while I left the Dh1.05 million with my friend." On the road, he was contacted by his friend, who told him that CID officers had arrived at the hotel and were asking the trader to come back. "When I came back shortly after, I did not find my friend at the hotel and he did not answer his phone".

About an hour later, he learned from his friend that he was taken to a construction site, where the money was forcibly taken from him. He was then pushed out of the car.

A police lieutenant said they first arrested one of the Ugandans accused. The trial has been adjourned to December 22.

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