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03 December 2023

2 robbers confine 6 in flat, steal passports

By Eman Al Baik

Two Comoros nationals, who posed as CID officers, attacked six Pakistanis in their flat, confined them and robbed them of their passports, were sentenced to one year in jail by the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance.

According to the records, on February 25, 2015, at around 6.30pm, MR, 27, visitor, accompanied his two women friends to look for a residence for them.

“I headed to Bur Dubai and started searching for a sharing accommodation, asking watchmen if they know about any vacant space in their buildings.

“A watchman guided me to a flat in the building where women were living. We went up to check the flat. There were three women in the flat. As we entered, three men wearing UAE national dress got into the flat and presented ID cards that I could not check and claimed to be CID officers.

“I presented my passport and while one of them was checking it, the other punched me in the face and asked me to give them Dh15,000. I told them that I did not have money,” said the victim.

Forcing the victim to hand them over money, the attackers locked the flat’s door, confined all the six persons, and asked MR to arrange the money from his country while they were beating him up.

The women got scared while the attackers were beating up MR but did not attempt to run away as the door was locked, testified NM, 30, one of the women.

“I went on telling them that I am a visitor and I do not have money. They stole my mobile phone and took the passports of the five women in the flat before leaving at around 12 midnight,” MR told investigators.

The victims ran after the attackers and some residents in the building got hold of them and held them until police arrived.

NM’s friend SK, 23, and the rest of the women repeated corroborative testimonies.

KG, 37, employee, and KA, 31 jobless, claimed that they took the passports of the victims to force MR to return money they had lent him.