x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Four accused of making threats using their mobiles

The four appeared before Abu Dhabi's Court of Misdemeanors yesterday accused of sending threatening SMS messages or making threatening phone calls.

ABU DHABI // Four people appeared before the Court of Misdemeanors yesterday accused of sending threatening SMS messages or making threatening phone calls. The four are separate cases. None of the defendants are being held in jail. JA, an Emirati woman, was charged with making threats after another Emirati woman filed a complaint. The plaintiff showed prosecutors an allegedly abusive text message sent from JA's mobile number. The contents of the message was not disclosed.

"These kinds of cases can be settled through reconciliation between you and the plaintiff," the judge told the defendant. "Did you reach a settlement?". "No, we could not reach a settlement," replied JA's husband, speaking for his wife. JA said she sent the message by mistake. In separate cases, an Emirati woman and two Syrian men were also charged with making threats by phone. MS, a Syrian, was accused of harassing a woman as well as verbally abusing her. The other two cases involved verbal abuse. No further details were disclosed during the hearing.

The judge adjourned all cases until next Tuesday, at which time the defendants will present their written defence. hhassan@thenational.ae