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19 April 2024

Dubai cop lawyer asks to question in Messi

By Eman Al Baik

The lawyer of the Dubai policeman, who was sentenced to one month in jail for posting a video of himself holding the passport of Argentine football player Lionel Messi, appealed the sentence and the Court of Appeal has scheduled the hearing for March 1.

Abdul Moneim bin Suwaidan, of Bin Suwaidan Advocates and Legal Consultants, commented on the appeal, saying that hearing the harmed party and asking them questions is essential in such cases.

“It is one of our rights in defence to ask for summoning the affected party to ask them questions. We are considering that in our defence plan in the appeal,” said the lawyer.

On Monday, the Dubai Court of Misdemeanours found policeman JS, 26, guilty of breaching the Argentine player’s privacy.

The policeman worked at Dubai International Airport’s private jet area. He took a video of himself holding Messi’s passport.

Messi arrived at Dubai International Airport on December 27 to collect the Globe Soccer Award’s best player award.

Records did not include any comment of Messi on the incident.