x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Kidnapped man 'was beaten and burnt'

A businessman was kidnapped and tortured while the men who seized him sought Dh1.4m from his wife.

DUBAI // A Sudanese businessman was kidnapped and tortured by four men who demanded US$400,000 (Dh1.4 million) for his release, a court heard yesterday.

The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance has charged A A, 36; H A, 25; M M, 39; and A M, 40, all from Syria, with kidnap, impersonating police, theft, threatening life and assault.

The four suspects were in a car when they stopped the victim, 54, near his home in Freej Al Murar, in Baraha area, the court heard.

One of the suspects told the victim he was a major in the police force and asked him to get into the car. They drove him to Ajman in the early morning of September 27 of last year. He was taken to a newly built flat in Al Nua'aimiya area, where he was tied up and locked in a room.

The suspects reportedly contacted the victim's wife in Sudan, and told her they would kill him unless she paid a ransom of $400,000.

Unable to raise the money, his wife asked a relative in Dubai to report the kidnapping. The relative reported the incident a few days later.

Meanwhile, the businessman was beaten and burnt with an iron. He survived on a little bread and a few drops of water each day .

The case was adjourned to June 12 for the men to appoint a lawyer.