Dubai Police has rejected rumours of kidnapping women in UAE in general and in Dubai in particular.
Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazina, Deputy Commander-In-Chief of Dubai Police, denied rumours circulated via mobile phones and BlackBerry, claiming that there is a gang kidnapping women and exploiting them.
He stressed “these SMS are completely untrue and added Dubai Police would like to assure the public that there is no established cause for concern.
Al Mazina said in statement to various media, that the UAE is free of any gangs, adding that the SMS appended with the words "Greetings of Dubai Police General Headquarters" were never sent from Dubai Police.
“The one who wrote such kind of SMS is ignorant of security matters. The SMS is written in broken language and will never be issued by the media of Dubai Police said Al Mazina.
He pointed out that Dubai Police received several contacts from women inquiring about such kind of rumours.
He also stressed that the departments and police stations had not received any reports stating the alleged incident and confirmed as well there were no reports in all the emirates about such kind of claims.
"Under the Ministry of Interior's policy of the transparency, if such a case was true, the Interior Ministry would quickly announce it, to educate members of the community in the first place,” Al Mazina added.
He called on the youth to avoid and not circulate such rumours that cause panic and confusion among the public, askign them to quickly erase the message once they receive it because they pose a risk to undermine security and stability.
He emphasised the need to respect the laws of the UAE by any person living in it to avoid penalty of law.
He said “we are tracing the source of that message. The Dubai Police, or any security apparatus in the UAE, will not allow such rumours and behaviors that do not have any fruitful targets but create confusion and panic in society.
Dubai role in Pink Panther case praised
Al Mazina called for more cooperation between authorities to combat organised crime gangs, whike speaking on the occasion of fifth meeting of the ‘Pink Panther' team.
Ronald Noble, Secretary General of Interpol, thanked the UAE for hosting the Project Pink Panther meeting, being held for the first time outside a European country.
Noble said Dubai had played a big role in the arrest of several members of the Pink Panther gang, who were responsible for the Wafi Mall robbery in 2007. Noble said that the DNA samples provided by Dubai Police were matched with four samples collected by the Interpol in a robbery carried out by Pink Panther gang in Liechtenstein.
Noble affirmed that the Pink Panther has become Interpol's main objective. He added that through cooperating with different countries, they will be able to constrict the gang's operations.