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Jobless man charged for blasphemy in Dubai

blasphemy, man abuses boss, crime in Dubai

Dubai - His colleagues called the police.


Marie Nammour

Published: Mon 9 Sep 2019, 3:55 PM

Last updated: Tue 10 Sep 2019, 10:22 AM

A 26-year-old Moroccan man stood trial on Monday at the Dubai Court of First Instance on a blasphemy charge.

The case dates back to July 23 and was registered at Al Rashidiya police station. Dubai public prosecution is seeking the most severe penalty against the unemployed man as he remains in detention.

During the investigation, an Egyptian worker, 19, said that he witnessed the incident. "On July 23, I was at my workplace with two other witnesses. The defendant then came looking for the boss as he used to work for him."

On learning that the boss was not there, the accused man verbally abused them (the boss and the other witness who was talking to him). "When we told him to calm down, he uttered blasphemous words," the witness told the prosecutor, adding that they called the police on him.

A 21-year-old Syrian worker corroborated the statement of the first witness. "When I told the defendant that his former employer was busy and could not come, he insulted me and the boss. He used blasphemous words."

The accused man will be sentenced on September 16.


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