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29 February 2024

Electrician gets shock treatment for debt

By Eman Al Baik

A 30-year-old Bangladeshi worker, JAN, allegedly kidnapped a compatriot with the help of two fugitives and tortured him with electric shocks over a financial dispute, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.

The victim, FIL, 28, Bangladeshi electrician, testified that on April 19, 2012, at around 1pm when he was walking back home in Al Nakheel area, three men ‑ including the accused ‑ stopped him and foced him to accompany them.

“While walking with them, the accused and two of his mates pushed me into a building where they tied me up to prevent me from escaping. Then they pushed me into a flat where the accused slapped me several times and also hit my back with a steel bar. Then they tied me up with a metal chain. One of the accused’s friends brought an electric wire and plugged it into a switch, then they  connected power wire with the chain to give me selectric hocks. They did it over a money dispute,” he testified.

The victim managed to call a friend, MRS, 28, to inform him about his whereabouts after being kidnapped. MRS informed the police which came and released him.

First Policeman Abdullah Ghaleb testified that the force received information about the kidnap of the victim and headed to the location.

“One of the accused was going by stairs but when he saw the policemen he rushed into the flat. We followed him and managed to stop him from locking the door. The accused were seen sitting and smoking while the victim was wrapped in a large chain.

The accused confessed to kidnapping, assaulting and torturing the victim with the help of other two fugitives with an electric cable.

The Court will reconvene on March 13.