x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Businessman threatened to set fire to Dubai detention centre

A business man in custody at the Bur Dubai police station threatened to set fire to the detention centre, hears court.

DUBAI // A businessman in custody at the Bur Dubai police station threatened to set fire to the detention centre, a court heard today.

Prosecutors said that at about 8pm on April 22 this year the Emirati AN, 34, started screaming loudly, threatening: "I will burn down the detention centre, I will burn down the detention centre."

AM, 32-year-old Emirati policeman, said that he was releasing a number of prisoners when he heard the screams and went to investigate.

"I saw him and asked him to come with me but he refused and told me that he wouldn't accompany me unless I was going to release him," the policeman told the prosecution.

He said that the prisoner also approached him with the intention of assaulting him, but officers and other prisoners intervened and stopped him before he could do so.

While being restrained the prisoner punched another officer in the face. He was then taken to a solitary confinement cell.

The prisoner did not appear at the Criminal Court to enter a plea and the next hearing was scheduled for November 18.

Court records did not make clear why the man was first arrested.

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