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23 February 2024

Contract killer bargains with targetted victim for better deal

By Eman Al Baik

A 31-year-old Comoros national who demanded an Emirati to pay him more than what he was paid by a third person to kill him, had his two years’ sentence reduced by the Dubai Appeal Court to one year in jail.

AK had also his one month jail sentence for consuming alcohol replaced by a fine of Dh2,000.

According to the records, the 52-year-old Emirati victim was in a nightclub in a hotel in Qusais. At around 2am, a man approached him and asked him if his name was Ali and if he was from Sharjah.

“When I answered yes, he asked me to put my hand on his pocket to be sure that there is a knife in it. Then he asked me to come out of the club. I went with him and we stood near the lift. Suddenly, he pulled out the knife from his pocket, telling me that some people have rented him to kill me for Dh5,000. He asked me to pay him more if I did not want to be killed. He also said that he does not care if he killed me as he has a criminal record. Also, no one would know that he killed me,” said the victim.

The victim ran away, approached a guard, and informed him about the incident.

AF, 51, Syrian manager of the club informed the police that customer AK was creating problems in the club.

“First, he had a problem with the security guard. I intervened and sorted it out. When he entered the club he signalled to the victim, asking him to come towards him but the latter did not notice him. He immediately walked towards him and then they both went out.  After about five minutes, I went out and saw AK standing alone. A security guard approached and told me that AK has a knife. I called another security guard and we took the knife that was in the pocket of his ‘kandora’ and informed the police,” testified the manager.

In addition to threatening a person and endangering his life, AK faces the charge of consuming alcohol.