Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Jealousy at visa scam profits 'led to murder'

Pakistani was plied with alcohol then stabbed, court hears.

DUBAI // Two men who became jealous of a colleague's earnings from a visa scam got him drunk then stabbed him to death and burned his body in his car, a court was told yesterday. AA, 37, a limousine driver, and HM, 27, an office manager, led Masoud al Rahman, a Pakistani, to an apartment in al Hamriya, Dubai, on August 20 last year, prosecutors said. After killing Mr al Rahman, they wrapped his body in a sack and put it in the boot of his Lexus limousine before setting fire to it six days later in Sharjah's Industrial Area, it was alleged.

Police were alerted to the crime by firefighters. Mr al Rahman's charred body was identified by DNA testing, Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance was told. Investigations revealed that the defendants and Mr al Rahman operated a fake visa scam in Dubai. Prosecutors said the defendants became jealous of Mr al Rahman after his earnings from the scam increased and he taunted them about his new-found wealth.

According to records, on the night of the killing AA and HM went to two supermarkets where they bought the murder weapon and a sack. At HM's flat, they met Mr al Rahman, who told them he was carrying Dh25,000 (US$6,800). When he passed out after drinking alcohol, HM and AA stabbed him five times, prosecutors said. The defendants claimed they did not find Dh25,000 and only stole Dh500 from Mr al Rahman's wallet.

A police officer told prosecutors that a stab wound was found on AA's hand. AA told police he got it trying to stop HM from stabbing Mr al Rahman. Police said the defendants had confessed to the crime. In court, they denied it. If found guilty, they could face the death penalty. The trial was adjourned until June 9. amustafa@thenational.ae

Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 Ali Benflis, opposition leader and main rival to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika speaks to the press after casting his vote in the presidential elections at a polling station in Algiers on. Former prime minister Benflis ran against Bouteflika in 2004 but lost heavily, charging the vote was rigged 10 years ago and has said fraud will be his ‘main adversary’ during the election. Patrick Baz / AFP Photo

Best photography from around the world, April 17

The National View's photo editors pick the best images of the day from around the world.

 Above, the private pool of Ocean Heights' five-bedroom penthouse flat. Courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

In pictures: Penthouse flat is height of Dubai luxury living

A five-bedroom penthouse in Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina is on sale for Dh25 million and comes with a private pool and an unparalleled view of Dubai.

Video: Local reactions to a national fishing ban

A federal fishing ban has been imposed by the UAE federal government, but local authorities are taking diiferent approaches to implementing the ban. Two fishermen tell two very different sides of the story. Produced by Paul O'Driscoll

 Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr is pictured before the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England, on March 1, 2014. Glyn Kirk / AFP

New Southampton owner leading club’s resurgence from the shadows

Katharina Liebherr keeping with family tradition and letting others dominate the spotlight

 The new Bentley GT Speed convertible on display at a press event of the New York International Auto Show. Jason Szenes / EPA

In pictures: Hot cars at New York International Auto Show

With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the US car industry. Here are some of the vehicles to be shown in this year’s edition.

 The cast of Fast & Furious 7, including Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel, centre, on set at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Fast & Furious 7 filming in full swing at Emirates Palace

Filming for Fast & Furious 7 has started and we have the first photos of the cast and crew on set at Emirates Palace hotel this morning. Visitors staying at Emirates Palace say they have been kept away from certain areas in the grounds.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National