x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Dubai man jailed for pretending to be a sheikh in bid to deceive police

A man who impersonated a sheikh to get out of trouble with the police is sentenced to three months in prison and is fined Dh2,000 for related assault charges

DUBAI // A man who pretended to be a sheikh in a bid to get out of trouble with the police was jailed for three months yesterday.

Emirati J?K, a 27-year-old building inspector, was convicted of impersonation at the Criminal Court. He was also fined Dh2,000 for a related assault charge.

He was reported to police on August 14 last year after getting into a fight with a man in Satwa.

A policeman, M?M, 30, confronted the Emirati, who told him he was a member of the royal family and gave him a health card that seemed to back up his claim. The officer forwarded details of the card to another police patrol to investigate.

Three days later another policeman, F?M, confronted the Emirati after he drove past a patrol vehicle in Al Safa 1 while sounding his car horn.

“When I asked for identification he handed me a health card carrying the name of a royal family member,” said the officer.

The next day, police were called to a school beside the Emirati’s house, and he became abusive.

They inquired about him and were told about his health card carrying the name of a sheikh.

His mother then came out of the house after hearing shouting. When asked if she was part of the royal family she said she was not.

The Emirati then admitted his deception.

salamir@thenational.ae