x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Forensics testimony in officer's rape trial

He is accused of assaulting tourist in Hatta.

DUBAI // A forensics expert testified this morning in the case of a tourist allegedly raped by a police officer in Hatta.

The testimony in the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance was provided behind closed doors, however, as presiding Judge Maher Al Mahdi deemed the details too graphic to be heard in open court.

The victim, a 24-year-old Japanese tourist, was kidnapped, assaulted, raped and threatened with death by a 25-year-old Emirati police officer, SA, in March, records show.

SA denied the charges when he first appeared in court last month.

Chief Prosecutor Khalid Al Zarooni has asked the court to implement the death penalty if SA is convicted.

The officer was arrested after five months of investigations by the Dubai Police, Lt Col Ahmed Al Merri, Director of Criminal Investigations at Dubai Police told prosecutors.

On March 14, six days after the woman arrived in Dubai, she took a public bus to Hatta to visit tourist sites, records show. SA allegedly kidnapped her after tricking her into believing that he was going to show her the sights.

DNA evidence collected by the Dubai police forensics department was matched to SA and his car, records show.

The trial will reconvene on January 8.

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