Crime and Courts

Accountant kidnapped for business losses in Dubai, 2 expats charged

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on November 4, 2020


A 76-year-old British company owner has been charged with aiding and abetting the kidnap.

A 44-year-old Indian expat and a Comoros Islands passport holder, 41, have been charged at the Dubai Court of First Instance after they allegedly kidnapped an accountant and deprived him of his freedom.

A 76-year-old British company owner has been charged with aiding and abetting the kidnap. He allegedly thought that the accountant was to blame for the financial losses of his business.

The case dates back to March 26, 2019. It was registered at Al Rafaa police station.

During the public prosecution investigation, the accountant, a 48-year-old Indian, recounted how he was kidnapped right after getting out of a shopping store in Al Mankhool. “I was with two friends. When I walked to my car, two 4WD cars arrived and blocked my way. Four men, whom I recognised to be employees at the British defendant’s company, stepped off and began talking about his business’ financial problems. About 10 minutes later, two other 4WD vehicles arrived. They were driven by the two defendants. I was forced inside one of them.”

The accountant was made to sit in the back and two men (from the four men who arrived earlier) sat beside him and began assaulting him. He was slapped and during the trip, the Indian accused filmed him saying that he would send the video to the company owner.  They drove for some time before they said they would hand him over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The defendants then returned to the same place where two police patrols were already on the scene. The accountant was then taken to Al Rafaa police station. He was later referred to Bur Dubai police station as he was wanted in a cheque case.

The complainant said that the business owner was behind the idea of kidnapping and holding him against his will. The latter thought that the accountant was behind the financial losses of his company so he sent the two other accused to execute the plan.

The complainant’s two friends, also Indian accountants aged 48 and 46, testified during investigation that they witnessed the kidnapping after the complainant argued loudly with the suspects.

The trial has been postponed to November 25.


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 college in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…

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