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05 December 2023

UAE army man impersonates CID officer, intervenes in women's row, beats them up

By Eman Al Baik

Following a dispute in an apartment shared by a number of women, one of the women sought the support of a corporal who pretended to be a CID officer and beat up two of the women, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.

The owner of the flat, DI, 66, Syrian businessman, came to the apartment to solve a problem among tenants that some of them were refusing to allow a new tenant to share one of the rooms with them.

“I tried to call the police as GA was neither allowing sharing the room with another woman nor leaving the room. My call was not attended. So one of the tenants, N, Uzbek, said she will call a CID officer whom she met in the area and gave her his number telling her that he is observing her flat mate GA.

“‘N’ called the so-called CID officer and talked to him in English. He knocked on the door and I opened the door and asked him about his identity. He appeared to be very familiar with the apartment as he answered me angrily and went to the room where GA and her friend were sitting.

“After a while, the man got out of the flat and GA and her friend NA followed him. I left behind them and asked what happened and where they were going but he left and I thought that was how police do their job,” testified the landlord.

The man who ‘N’ had called came wearing T-shirt, shorts and sports shoes. He got into the flat asking about GA. “He pushed my room’s door with his foot and got in and started abusing me. I asked him about his identity.  He answered ‘CID.’  When I asked him to prove it, he slapped my face. When my roommate NA tried to call the police, he told her to go ahead but he grabbed her waist and prevented her from calling the police. We both shouted at him and left the room. He got out and ran away,” testified GA, 28, Jordanian employee.

NA, 22, Libyan student, repeated the same testimony, saying that the accused slapped GA on her face and ear. Other flatmates repeated the same testimony.

Police arrested AA, Emirati, a corporal in the army. The victims and witness recognised him when shown via identification parade.

The Dubai Prosecution asked the Court to implement the stiffest penalty against the accused.

The Court will reconvene on March 9.