Abu Dhabi

Man gets one-year jail term for blackmailing Arab woman

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi
ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on September 7, 2017
Man gets one-year jail term for blackmailing Arab woman

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The court found the man guilty of trying to defraud the woman through illegal practice of healing services.

A religious healer, who blackmailed an Arab woman of posting her half-naked video on social media if she didn't pay Dh10,000, has been jailed for a year.

The Al Ain Criminal Court of First Instance found the Arab man guilty of trying to defraud the woman through blackmail and illegal practice of healing services.

Official court documents stated that the woman, who had separated from her husband after finding that he had a second wife, suffered from psychological problems.

She approached the Arab man, who claimed to be treating people with psychological problems using the Holy Quran.

The woman had been taken to the man's house for treatment by her female friend.

Two days after reading verses from the Holy Quran at his home, the man invited the woman to a hotel in Al Ain, saying that he had another special treatment for her.

The woman allegedly went with her friend to the hotel.

The man asked her to take off her clothes as he had to smear the special oil which contained medicine on parts of her body.

The woman didn't realise that he was secretly taking her video. After she left the hotel, he phoned her and threatened to publish the video on social media if she didn't give Dh10,000.

The woman filed a complaint with the police, who arrested the man after investigating the case.
The man denied charges of blackmail and illegal practice of healing services .

However, the court convicted the man based on the evidence presented by the prosecutors.

The woman's friend also received a jail-term of one year for involving in illegal healing services.
Both would be deported after serving their jail sentences.



Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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