x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Men who raped Dubai expat have 10-year terms upheld

Two men who kidnapped and raped a woman after her drink was spiked at a Dubai nightclub had their ten-year jail terms upheld by the Appeals Court today.

DUBAI // Two men who kidnapped and raped a woman after her drink was spiked at a Dubai nightclub had their ten-year jail terms upheld by the Appeals Court today.

The woman, from the UK, became disoriented after drinking at the Rock Bottom Cafe in the Regent Palace Hotel in Bur Dubai on July 6 last year and hailed a cab before falling asleep on the back seat.

When she awoke a red Hyundai pulled up beside the taxi and three Iranian men paid her fare and told the driver they knew her. They then took her to an apartment in Naif where they took turns to rape her, filming some of the attack.

The next day she reported the attack to her flatmate who advised her not to shower so the evidence would be preserved. Both then headed to Rashidiyah Police Station to report the attack.

The Criminal Court found YJ and AK, both 20-year-olds from Iran, guilty of rape. The third man who took part in the rape has never been apprehended.

At their trial at the Criminal Court the men pleaded not guilty, with their lawyer claiming the woman had "imagined" the attack.

The men will be deported after serving their jail terms.

salamir@thenational.ae