x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Dubai prisoners cleared of stealing computer which opens jail cells

Two prison inmates who blamed each other for stealing the computer used to lock and unlock the doors to all the cells have been cleared of all charges - because a court could not decide which prisoner it was.

DUBAI // Two prison inmates who blamed each other for stealing the computer used to lock and unlock the doors to all the cells were cleared of all charges yesterday - because a court could not decide which prisoner it was.

Emirati AS, 32 and Iranian MA, 29, were charged after a policeman arrived at block D of the Dubai Central Prison on February 24 to find all the cell doors open.

The computer from the prison's control room was later found in pieces in a rubbish bin. It was missing two parts, one of which was for opening and locking the doors of cells in block D in building 1 at the prison.

Dubai Court of Misdemeanors did not make clear whether any prisoners escaped while the doors were open.Both men denied stealing and smashing the computer - each of them claiming they saw the other carrying a plastic bag and that they offered to help.

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