Crime and Courts

Emirati on trial for assaulting judge in RAK

Ahmed Shaaban /Ras Al Khaimah Filed on February 7, 2018 | Last updated on February 7, 2018 at 10.34 am
Emirati on trial for assaulting judge in RAK


The Emirati is facing seven charges including insulting the court's security guards and escaping from the court.

An Emirati man has appeared in court for insulting and assaulting an execution judge of the family court in Ras Al Khaimah.  

The RAK criminal court started hearing the case in which the defendant, identified only as S.S., is facing seven charges.   

The charges comprised of premeditated assault against the judge, insulting and swearing at him, damaging some chattels at his office, using violence against him, resisting and insulting the court's security guards, and escaping from the court. The accused denied the charges.   

The defence called a witness - the brother of the accused - who told the court that he asked the plaintiff on the same day of the incident to remove a travel ban against his brother so that he could accompany their sick sister abroad. 

He pledged that his brother would honour the court's decision and allow his divorced wife to see their son currently under his custody, but the judge refused, ordering him to come to court during official hours. 

"After leaving the judge's chambers, I was in the court's hallway and heard a loud voice coming from his chambers. I entered and saw two security men restraining my brother," he said, adding that he tried to calm them down, but asserted that "I had not witnessed the beginning of the argument." 

The defence lawyer told the court that the same judge earlier filed a lawsuit against his client accusing him of insulting him during a family dispute between the accused and his ex-wife. He was given a jail term, but that was reduced to a fine.    

"The execution judge, though involved in litigation with my client, is still hearing the visitation rights case," the defence lawyer told the court. 

The same judge had issued several arrest orders against the accused without summoning him to inquire about his failure to execute the court's order to allow his divorced wife to visit their child, he added. 

"On the day of the incident, my client was in the process of submitting a declaration from his ex-wife to the execution judge that she did not want to visit her son because as per the court's orders, she had been required to visit him at the defendant's house on Friday." 

He pointed out that the woman did not go to see her son, but rather filed a case against his client claiming that he did not let her visit her son as ordered. "The judge, instead of summoning him, issued an order for his arrest." 

The defence lawyer further denied any technical evidence or medical report that proved that his client assaulted the judge or the court's security guards as claimed. The court will issue its verdict on February 28.

Ahmed Shaaban

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