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Man demands wages in Dubai, gets assaulted, stripped naked

Filed on February 16, 2020 | Last updated on February 16, 2020 at 03.16 pm
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They filmed him and threatened to circulate the clip if he reported the matter.

Two expats have stood trial in Dubai on multiple charges including assault, theft and sexual assault. The Court of First Instance heard that on November 24 last year, the two Indian accused aged 27 and 21, along with other fugitives, beat the victim up over previous disputes. They allegedly stole his mobile phone and passport. To intimidate him into not reporting them to the police, they allegedly stripped him naked and filmed him.

He lodged a complaint at Al Rafaa police station. "I arrived in Dubai on a visit visa in May last year. An Indian worker got me a job at a construction site for Dh1,500 a month. But I was only paid Dh100 or Dh50," the complainant, a 24-year-old Indian, told the public prosecution investigator.

He recounted how he had a dispute with one of the accused over his unpaid wages. "I told him I would call the police if I did not get the full payment for working at the site."

The complainant was assaulted as he decided to approach the police. "It was around 1pm on November 19 last year. The two accused, and other men, pulled me inside a building in Al Rafaa. They punched and kicked me. The 27-year-old accused hit me with a steel rod," the complainant said.

They filmed him and allegedly threatened to circulate the clip on social media if he tried to seek police help.

The accused were arrested a few days later. During the prosecution investigation, the defendants reportedly admitted they assaulted the complainant.

The court will issue a ruling on February 23.

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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