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30 November 2023

5 people confined compatriot over money dispute

By Eman Al Baik

Five Asians allegedly kidnapped a compatriot and confined him in a flat after assaulting him over a financial dispute, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.

SKM, 29, businessman, RKM, 32, salesman, and SKM, 38, salesman, all Indians, were accused of kidnapping, assaulting and confining Kajol Sheikh Mustafa in a flat in International City.

Two others, identified as RBL, 37, electrician, Indian, and KMA, 34, Bangladeshi, machine operator, were accused of criminal complicity.

The 28-year old victim testified that, on August 31, 2011 at around 1pm, while he was in the Rolla area of Sharjah, he received a call from a Bangladeshi who introduced himself as Kawthar who sought a meeting with him in the fish market area of the emirate.

“I went there and after 15 minutes, six people, out of which three worked with me, arrived, assaulted me and dragged me into their car and drove to Dubai. They tied my hands and legs and confined me in a flat after accusing me of stealing their money. At around 11pm, they went out for dinner. I untied myself, rushed to the window and shouted for help. The men heard me, returned to the flat and tied me up again. Half an hour later, the police arrived, released me and arrested the accused,” he testified.

Policeman Adel Ismaeel testified that at around 11.30pm on August 31, the police was informed about a person who wanted to commit suicide. On reaching the house, people inside did not open the door. “We broke open the door, released the victim and arrested the accused,” he testified.

Forensic reported that the victim sustained injuries on his hands that could have resulted from being tied with a rope.