2 Canadians who did not pay Dubai taxi fare jailed for insulting policeman


DUBAI – Two Canadian women were sentenced to jail on Tuesday (January 21) for insulting a Dubai Police officer after refusing to pay their taxi fare at City Walk.

The Dubai Criminal Court sentenced the women, aged 25 and 37, to six months in jail followed by deportation.

The case unraveled after the women refused to pay their taxi fare at City Walk on July 19 and left the taxi driver while they headed to their apartment.

A policeman who responded to the taxi driver’s complaint requested the women to meet him at the reception but they refused. Escorted by the building security guard, the policeman went up the women’s apartment to investigate the matter.

In his testimony, the policeman said that the women had refused to show their IDs at his request and insulted him.

“They used very bad language and one of them threatened to call her country’s embassy,” he said, adding that one of the women pushed him.

A female officer was then called to arrest the women. In court, the pair denied that they assaulted and insulted the policeman. DAJ/Expat Media

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