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RAK court tries 10 accused of adultery

Defence appeals to set them free as forensic report shows no proof of forcination.

By Ahmed Shaaban – Senior Reporter

Published: Wed 17 Jun 2015, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:47 PM

Ras Al Khaimah — The Ras Al Khaimah Criminal Court started hearing a case in which ten Arab and Asian residents, including five men and five women, were accused of adultery at a hotel.

The Public Prosecution charged the accused with illegal private gathering at a hotel in the emirate.

However, the three defence lawyers denied charges of forcination and requested the court, presided over by Chief Judge Sameh Shaker, and the membership of Judge Khalid Al Shenawy and Judge Hisham Talaat, to set their clients free. Meanwhile, the court adjourned the case to June 28 to pronounce its ruling. The defence lawyer of the ninth suspect told the court that his client was arrested while waiting alone at the lobby of the hotel while the 10th suspect, the woman in his company, was nabbed at one of the hotel rooms.

“There is no single evidence that they had sex in violation of law,” he affirmed, adding that “the forensic report proves that his client and the woman did not indulge in fornication.”

The ninth suspect also told the court that he met the 10th accused, who is running a cloth shop, to help her finish residency procedures. “He was only giving me help to get a residency visa in the UAE,” he said, pinpointing that he was arrested while waiting for her alone at the lobby. The defence lawyer of the seventh and eighth suspects told the court that his client, the seventh accused, was alone in his room at the hotel when he was arrested by the RAK Police.

“The eighth suspect, the woman in his company, was out of the hotel when she was arrested,” he said, affirming that there is no evidence that they had sex out of the wedlock. “The same has been denied by the forensic report.”

Meanwhile, the other six suspects, including three men and three women, denied all the public prosecution’s accusations.

“It is the first time for us to know each other after being arrested.”



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