DUBAI – Four Pakistani men who posed as Dubai Police officers to kidnap a Pakistani man and rob him of Dh200,000 in broad daylight have been sentenced to 10 years in jail.
The Dubai Criminal Court found the gang, aged between 28 and 31, guilty of impersonating police officers, kidnapping and theft. The court also ordered that they be fined Dh200,000 each and deported after serving their jail term.
The court heard that during the August 8 incident last year, the gang had stopped the 43-year-old Pakistani victim in Hor Al Anz area and told him they were CID officers investigating a drug-related case.
“It was around 9:30am when they took me and my friend who was with me, in a white Nissan Infiniti, claiming I was a suspect in a drug-related case,” the man testified.
The gang had taken his Emirates ID and mobile phone before putting him and his friend in their car, claiming they would be taken to a police station.
They took the Dh200,000 that the victim had planned to deposit at the bank.
In a deserted area, the men threw the duo out of the vehicle, running over the victim’s arm as they drove away. The victims alerted police, who tracked down the gang within a week.
When dealing with Dubai Police, you have certain rights to ensure that you are dealing with genuine police officers and not impersonators. You have the right to ask the police officer for his or her identity card, which should have the logos of Dubai Government and Dubai Police, the personal data of the officer in both English and Arabic and a photo on the ID card resembling the officer in front of you. Under UAE Federal Law, it is illegal for anyone to impersonate a police officer and such impersonators can be fined and imprisoned for this crime. Read full details here
Any police officer wanting access to your residence also needs permission from the Dubai Public Prosecutor and you are well within your rights to refuse access even if the police office has his or her ID, but does not carry permission from the Dubai Public Prosecutor. ICA/Expat Media
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