x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Kidnappers demanded Dh200,000 ransom, Dubai court hears

Prosecutors told the Criminal Court that PK, from India, was walking alone in Deira on August 9 when he was attacked by two Afghans who hit him in the groin before bundling him into a Toyota Corolla driven by a third man.

DUBAI // A kidnapped man forced to demand a ransom of Dh200,000 from his family tricked his captors into a police ambush.

Prosecutors told the Criminal Court that PK, from India, was walking alone in Deira on August 9 when he was attacked by two Afghans who hit him in the groin before bundling him into a Toyota Corolla driven by a third man.

They put him on the back seat and demanded he pay them Dh200,000.

"They had been encountering work problems with a friend of mine with whom they signed a business contract and I was a witness to it," said the Indian.

"I told them the money was a part of their business with my friend - who is jailed in Abu Dhabi - and that I had nothing to do with it."

The men drove him to a house in Rashidiya where they locked him up and assaulted him with the help of a fourth man who remains at large.

They threatened to kill the Indian if he failed to pay and forced him to call his wife to ask for the money.

"They gave me the phone and I spoke to her with my mother tongue which they did not understand and told her to call police," said the Indian.

Not knowing what had just been said they took the phone back and told the wife to meet them at Al Ghurair Centre with the money.

The wife informed the police, who asked her to meet the kidnappers as part of a sting operation which resulted in the arrest of the three men.

AR, a 32-year-old Afghan salesman, AH, a 26-year-old Afghan on a visit visa, and SA, a 30-year-old Pakistani driver, all denied charges of kidnap, making threats and assault.

The next hearing was scheduled for January 13.

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