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Bogus cop raped woman after 'inappropriate dress' arrest, court told

Man denies posing as a police officer to kidnap and rape a woman in a car park, hears court.

DUBAI // A bogus police officer who arrested a woman for dressing inappropriately drove her to a car park and raped her, a court heard today.

Prosecutors told the Dubai Criminal Court that on January 27 last year TM, a 31-year-old Emirati, met the woman in the building where she lived and introduced himself as a police officer, showing her an ID card. They exchanged phone numbers then he showed her a picture of him in uniform.

The woman EF, a 29-year-old Filipina, said that he then told her she was dressed inappropriately and asked her to accompany him in his car to the police station.

"He told me that the way I was dressed is prohibited in the country, he also started asking me if I was a man or a woman and if I was a virgin or not," said woman, who added that she was told she would need to undergo a virginity test at the hospital.

While the two were in the man's car he told her that it would cause her too many problems if he took her to the police station and hospital and offered to check her virginity himself instead. She agreed and moved to the back seat. However, she said that after he checked her he then began having sex with her.

"I was so scared, I couldn't say no, I was in shock," she told the court. He then drove her to her apartment where she told her friend who advised her to inform police.

The man denied charges of posing as a police officer, kidnapping and rape.

"This did not happen your honour," he said.

The next hearing was scheduled for June 7.

salamir@thenational.ae