x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Man accused of Abu Dhabi murder says police forced confession

A man charged with attempted murder told a judge yesterday that police had forced him to confess after interrogating him for 14 hours.

Abu Dhabi // A man charged with attempted murder told a judge yesterday that police had forced him to confess after interrogating him for 14 hours. Prosecutors said MK, a Syrian, lured KMA, a Pakistani, to a deserted area in Abu Dhabi and hit him with a hammer. MK denies charges of attempted first-degree murder and robbery. He told Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of First Instance: "None of that ever happened. I did not steal anything and I did not hit the man."

MK said three men came to his home and "appeared like they wanted to fight with me". He said his cousin, who is in Al Wathba prison, owed them money and they came to claim it. "One of them took my mobile from me and I took it back and hit him," MK told the court. "Then he hit me back and we started to fight." M K said his friends came to help him then asked him to leave. He told the court he did not strike the victim with a hammer and did not know who did.

"The police interrogation lasted from 10am to midnight, and I told them the story three times in detail," he said. "But every time, they tell me, 'These are lies,' and insisted I killed him." He said he finally confessed at midnight. The case was adjourned until October 10 so the court can appoint M K a lawyer.

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