Crime and Courts

5 men set free after being accused of gang-raping boy in Dubai

Filed on November 26, 2019 | Last updated on November 27, 2019 at 07.15 am
5 men, acquitted, gang rape, teenage, boy, Dubai, set free,
The ruling text with details on their acquittal was not immediately available.- Alamy Image

The teenager told the prosecutor that he was also filmed during the assault.

Five men accused of gang-raping a 16-year-old boy at a Dubai villa were cleared of charges at the Dubai Court of First Instance on Tuesday.

Prosecutors claimed that the five defendants - Emiratis aged between 19 and 25 - lured the boy, also an Emirati, into a car and then took him to a villa where they sexually assaulted him on April 18 this year.

The ruling text with details on their acquittal was not immediately available.

During the public prosecution investigation, the complainant recounted how one of the defendants, a 20-year-old, befriended him on Snapchat at 6.15am and asked to meet up with him.

"He came with his friends and picked me up near my residence. They took me to a room in a villa where they took turns raping me. One of them threatened me with knives and said he would bring more people to sexually assault me. I was dropped back home at 8.30am."

The teenager told the prosecutor that he was also filmed during the assault.

"I knew about it only when a schoolmate told me that he saw the video. I felt so scared I did not tell anybody about what happened to me."

The boy and his parents, who learnt about the incident a few days later, filed a complaint at Al Qusais police station on April 23.

A police lieutenant said that on April 29, the main 19-year-old defendant, who filmed the assault, was brought to the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation. The other accomplices were arrested later.

"They confessed they assaulted the boy and that the 19-year-old accused was the mastermind of the crime," the officer said.

Three of the defendants had a criminal record related to sexual assault.

The crime scene was identified as a room annexed to a villa. According to a report from the General Directorate of Criminal Evidence and Forensics, the fingerprints and DNA traces of two defendants were picked up from the room.

The ruling remains subject to appeal.

Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination...

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