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Dubai expat films friend in shower to get his Dh500 back

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on September 1, 2020 | Last updated on September 1, 2020 at 04.18 pm
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He took the video and shared it with the friend's brother back home.

A man has been charged at the Dubai Court of First Instance for filming his friend while he was taking a shower.

The defendant, a 27-year-old Asian expat, reportedly took the video because he was "upset" that his friend failed to pay him back the Dh500 he owed, court records show. The case dates back to July 24 and a complaint was filed at Al Qusais police station.

The complainant, a 23-year-old Asian, said he did borrow the money from the defendant about two months ago. "He lent me Dh500 but I could not pay him back one month later because of some circumstances. I told him to give me some time. He did not mind then."

He thought the accused understood the situation, but then he was shocked when he learnt that two videos of him taking a shower were sent to his brother back home.

"I saw those videos and photos which my brother sent me on WhatsApp. When I confronted the accused about them, he admitted having filmed me and then sending the videos to my brother. He said he felt upset when I did not return the money I owed him," the complainant said.

He filed a complaint at the police station after informing their accommodation's supervisor. "We were both taken to the police station for interrogation and the defendant's mobile phone was seized," the complainant said during the public prosecution investigation.

The defendant admitted that he took the video with his phone. "I had a dispute with him after he failed to repay me Dh500 he had borrowed from me. I stood on a barrel which I placed in the toilet outside the bathroom where he was and which had no ceiling. Then I filmed him while he showered. I wanted to put pressure on him to give me back my money," he said.

A ruling will be pronounced on September 15.


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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