Dubai Police seized three Pakistani men more than four years after murdering their compatriot in Sharjah and burying the body in a valley near the border with Oman.
Police said they were still searching for the body
The three were arrested following months of investigation by anti-crime units after they received a tip- off from authorities in a nearby Arab country that they believe a man had been murdered and his body was buried in the border area.
His Arab divorcee and her two sons, aged 17 and 11 years, said they had not heard from him for a long time and had thought he had gone back home.
“The murder was committed in July 2007 by four Pakistani men who were drunk while they were with the victim at his home in Sharjah,” said Brigadier Khalil Al Mansoori, director of Dubai’s criminal investigation department
“After receiving secret information from a neighbouring Arab country, we launched an investigation into the crime and succeeded later in identifying the criminals. Three of them were arrested while the fourth one had already travelled back home. They first denied it but then collapsed and confessed.
Mansoori said the three told investigators that they had killed their friend following a financial dispute and that they did not know he was dead on that night.
On the next day, they discovered that he had died and took the body in their car to Rowda border area with Oman and buried it there.
He said an extensive search for the body for many days produced no results because of decomposition and the fact that its remains could have been swept away by rain water given the nature of that area.
“Our main concern was to find the body and give it a proper burial. We then resumed the search with the help of police dogs, which managed to locate the burial place. But there was no body as we were told by Omani authorities it could have been swept away to another area.
Mansoori said police would continue search operations after obtaining DNA samples from his two sons, adding that this could help locate his remains.