x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Border security policeman appeals jail term for 'prank'

A border security policeman is appealing against a one-month jail sentence for posing as a traffic policeman as a 'prank'.

ABU DHABI // A border security policeman is appealing against a one-month jail sentence for posing as a traffic policeman as a "prank".

MS, an Emirati, was convicted of traffic related offences after the incident, which took place in the car park of the capital's Marina Mall.

He saw a friend in the car park, knocked on the vehicle's window, and told the friend and his passenger he was from the police and asked for their IDs. They pretended not to know him and asked him for his police card.

He told them he did not have it, and said he was driving the colonel's car, so no one could touch him.

Annoyed, they blocked his car with theirs, preventing him from leaving. However, when they got out of their car to talk to him, he got in and drove it out of the way.

They took his licence plate number and reported him for posing as a policeman in order to get money from them.

His defence lawyer denied this asking how he would try to get money from them, as they had done nothing wrong.

"You pretended to be a policeman?" Dr Kahyri al Kabbash, head of the appeals court, asked MS.

"I am a policeman," he replied.

The judge pointed out that he had pretended to be from different section than the one he works for. "I was joking with them," MS answered.

The judge adjourned the case until June 14.

hdajani@thenational.ae