x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Men posed as police to rob taxi drivers, court hears

Two Emiratis told drivers they were from the Criminal Investigation Department, then shook the men down, prosecutors say.

DUBAI // A man posed as a police officer to kidnap and rob a taxi driver, a Dubai court heard this morning.

The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance was told that OA, 26, Emirati, pretended with another man to be from the Criminal Investigation Department on October 1, 2010, as they approached two Bangladeshi drivers.

Prosecutors said they forced one driver, MR, to ride with them, telling him they were taking him to Dubai Central Jail in Al Aweer.

When they arrived, OA told MR he was involved in an illegal act, and told the driver to pay him Dh10,000 to overlook his criminal actions.

OA told MR he was using Etisalat services illegally.

Prosecutors also charged OA with taking the man's mobile phone and his roommate's laptop after they drove him to his residence. They said OA confessed to committing the crime along with the other man, identified as AG. AG remains at large.

MR, 31, testified that AG called him, identified himself as a police officer and asked him to come to Al Qouz area. When he arrived, AG and OA tried to shake him down, he said.

SL, the other driver, testified that one of the defendants was carrying a walkie-talkie and told him he was a police officer.

The next hearing will be on September 25.

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