x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Farm workers cleared of stealing gold-plated weapons from Dubai boss

Prosecutors had claimed the men burgled the farm house on April 4 this year motivated by a grudge held by one of them who had been prevented from inviting his friends over.

DUBAI // A farm worker who told a judge he had confessed to burglary only after being tortured for seven consecutive days was acquitted at the Criminal Court yesterday along with his two co-accused.

The three men were cleared of stealing a gold-plated sword and dagger worth half a million dirhams from their employer.

Prosecutors had claimed they broke into a farmhouse in Al Marmoum on April 4 motivated by a grudge held by one of them who had been prevented from inviting his friends over.

The workers denied stealing the weapons when questioned by police, but their fingerprints were found at the scene and they were charged with theft.

All three denied the charges in court.

A police officer told the court that when confronted with the fingerprints one of the workers confessed.

Asked by the presiding judge why had he confessed, the man said he had been tortured.

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