Pakistani locked up in Sharjah room over land dispute

Pakistani locked up in Sharjah room over land dispute

Dubai - The Court of First Instance convicted them and ordered their deportation afterwards.



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Marie Nammour

Published: Tue 22 Nov 2016, 3:22 PM

Last updated: Tue 22 Nov 2016, 7:00 PM

Three Pakistani men, who kidnapped a compatriot from Al Qusais by forcing him inside their car and then locking him up as a blackmail attempt to make him cede a plot of land he owns in his home country, were each sentenced to 6 months in jail on Tuesday
They earlier denied the charges in court.
However, the Court of First Instance convicted them and ordered their deportation afterwards. 
The three, together with two runaway accomplices, kidnapped the complainant and kept him for few hours with them in a room in Sharjah before handing him over to Abu Dhabi police on the charge of breaching the Foreigners' Entry and Residency Law.
The three accused were also on trial for stealing the man's mobile phone and Dh 3,000 in cash. 
The complainant, a 25-year-old Pakistani, said that the incident happened at 1:45 pm on April 11 when he was in front of a restaurant in Al Nahda, Al Qusais.
"Two cars stopped near me and five men stepped out. They all surrounded me and I felt they wanted to do me wrong so I screamed," he said in the investigation. 
 "They blindfolded me and searched in my shirt's pockets and slapped me".
They took him to a room in Sharjah where they locked him up for some time.  
At around 1 am the next day, all the accused, but the main defendant (a 43-year-old businessman), drove him blindfolded to Al Musaffah, Abu Dhabi, where he was handed over to the CID officers. "I was booked on the charge of overstaying with an expired visa and sentenced to two-months in jail and deportation," he told the prosecutor. 
The motive behind the kidnap, as per his statement to the investigators, was to put pressure on his parents so to cede a plot of land, which is located near a land belonging to one of the kidnappers.
They told his father that he was with them to force him into relinquishing his property.
A police officer said they were informed about the kidnap incident at 4:15 pm that day by a witness. 
Al Qusais police launched a probe and later learned that the kidnap victim was held by Abu Dhabi police at Al Musafah Industrial area. 
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