Crime and Courts

Man in Dubai blackmails woman for sex with indecent video

Filed on February 18, 2019 | Last updated on February 18, 2019 at 03.11 pm

He threatened to post the video online if she didn't pay him.

A man has been accused of threatening and blackmailing a woman he met on an online dating site in Dubai.

The 31-year-old Indian salesman introduced himself as a French man when he met the complainant on the social networking site.

The threats took place in October 2018 and a complaint was filed at Bur Dubai police station.

The complainant, a 39-year-old Filipina saleswoman, said she met the defendant on Wechat. "I sent him my photo and a video of me naked taking shower."

She recounted how their relation became close and she told him that she was looking for a job.

"I told him about my social and financial conditions. He told me he would send me his personal secretary's number so to send him my resume. I sent it on WhatsApp on October 29, to the number he gave me but then the receiver told me about his desire to have sex with me.

"I rebuffed him telling him that I was having an affair with his boss," she said during the public prosecution investigation.

On November 3, the accused told her frankly that he was the "french" manager. He said he lied to her and insisted she have sex with him but she kept pushing him away.

"He then demanded Dh2,000, threatening that he would circulate my video if I did not pay him the cash," she told the prosecutor.

The defendant was arrested by CID officers on November 6.

Two transcripts of WhatsApp conversations between the accused and the complainant were used as evidence.

A video stored in the defendant's seized mobile phone, was found to contain an indecent and inappropriate material, as per a report from the electronic criminal evidence department.  

The defendant admitted during interrogation that he threatened and blackmailed the victim with the compromising video.

He will be sentenced on February 28.

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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