Crime and Courts

Man in Dubai uses brother's ID to pose as cop, rob expat of Dh12,000

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on October 18, 2020 | Last updated on October 18, 2020 at 03.24 pm
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He sped away in his 4WD after taking the money from the victim's wallet.

An Emirati has been charged at the Dubai Court of First Instance after he allegedly impersonated a police officer and robbed an expat of Dh12,000.

The court heard that the 34-year-old unemployed defendant used his brother's ID without his knowledge to allegedly stop a Bangladeshi expat on August 16. He then robbed the complainant of Dh12,000. A complaint was lodged at Al Rashidiya police station.

The accused has been detained.

The complainant, a 30-year-old, recounted during investigation how the defendant approached him while posing as a cop. "It was around 3pm and I was near my place in International City. He stopped me while showing an ID card. He said he was a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer and asked me for an identification document."

The complainant told the investigator that the accused then asked for his wallet. "He took Dh12,000 out of it and then threw it away. He sped away in his 4WD."

A police sergeant said an incident of police impersonation and robbery was reported. "We arrested the suspect at 8pm the next day in Al Quoz industrial area. He admitted to the charges and that he used his brother's ID card issued by the residency department."

The defendant handed the ID card and the stolen amount over to the police. The accused admitted to the charges during the public prosecution investigation.

He will be sentenced on November 29.


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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