Pay Dh120,000 or I'll disgrace you, Dubai expat threatens compatriot


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Dubai - The Indian man was also accused of breaching the complainant's privacy.


Marie Nammour

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Published: Wed 23 Oct 2019, 1:16 PM

Last updated: Wed 23 Oct 2019, 3:59 PM

A 35-year-old Indian expatriate allegedly threatened a compatriot of "disgracing him" unless he paid him Dh120,000, the Dubai Court of First Instance has heard.
The case dates back to November 14 last year and was registered at Al Barsha police station.
The defendant faced charges of blackmail and verbal abuse. He was also accused of breaching the complainant's privacy for posting the latter's personal photo online.
The complainant said the defendant threatened that he would have "inappropriate relations with his wife and mother" unless he paid him the amount. "He said he would come to my house and ruin my marriage. He claimed it would be easy to do that."
The complainant told the prosecutor that the defendant made the threats in audio messages over WhatsApp and SMS.
During the public prosecution investigation, the accused admitted he threatened and blackmailed the complainant. He confessed he threatened to defame the complainant's reputation among his friends and also tell his wife that he was cheating on her. He claimed he was "nervous on the day of the incident".
According to a report from the department of electronic criminal evidence, the defendant's voice matched that of the WhatsApp notes.
He will be sentenced on November 14.

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