x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Officer stole passport to make threatening calls, court hears

He got a new mobile number in a colleague's name, then used the number to harass the colleague, prosecutors say.

 

DUBAI // A 30-year-old police officer was accused today of sending insulting text messages to a colleague after using a copy of the colleague's passport to fraudulently buy a SIM card.

The defendant MS, an Emirati, was charged at the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance.

MS presented the passport copy to an Etisalat employee to obtain a new mobile SIM, then used the new number to send insulting messages to the victim, MM, 24, records said. MS was not present in court today.

MM told prosecutors that in July 2010, he started receiving text messages that included insults and inappropriate phrases about him and his family.

MM told prosecutors he did not reply to the messages, but the next day he received a call from the same number.

He said the caller tried changing his voice, but he was able to recognize MS. MS told him that he had used the passport copy to get the new number.

MM said he called Etisalat and they confirmed a new number had been issued under his name, records show.

Prosecutors said MS then called Hatta police station and claimed he had been insulted and threatened by MM. He is charged with filing a bogus report.

The next hearing was scheduled for April 7.

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