x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Driver sped off with Dh7m

Driver for a trading company flees the country after speeding off with Dh7m in cash left on his passenger seat.

Dubai // A driver for a trading company fled the country after speeding off with Dh7 million in cash left on his passenger seat.

AS, a 31-year-old from Pakistan, had been driving the sales manager of his company, GF, to an exchange house to receive a money transfer, the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance heard this morning.

After GF received the cash, he then asked AS to drive him to a bank where he planned to deposit Dh7.340m. GF, 25, left the bag of money in the car and asked the driver to wait while he gained the bank manager's approval for depositing such a large amount. He also left his mobile phone.

When GF returned to the car park, the car was nowhere to be seen. After two attempts at calling the driver from a nearby phone booth, GF realised he had been robbed and informed his manager and police.

Police tracked AS to Fujairah, where they claim five men hid him and helped him to leave the country.

ASH, 31, ES, 30, HH, 35, AK, 25, and OZ, 50, yesterday denied charges of possessing stolen money and hiding a criminal.

Prosecutors said that ASH planned the crime and urged AS to rob his employer. ASH promised to help AS leave the country through the border with Oman.

On January 20, ASH was arrested.

The policeman AA, 33, told the court that when arrested ASH confessed to encouraging AS to steal from his employer. Police say ASH also confessed to hiding AS and helping him flee to Iran. AS did not take any of the stolen money with him.

The other four defendants were arrested in Fujairah after ASH's confessions implicated them.

The policeman MS, 46, said that AK hid the money in an abandoned shop near his home in Fujairah.

The case was adjourned until March 18.

salamir@thenational.ae