x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Pakistani lorry driver 'robbed by bogus police'

An Emirati man yesterday denied charges of impersonating a police officer and stealing a wallet from a Pakistani lorry driver.

DUBAI // An Emirati man yesterday denied charges of impersonating a police officer and stealing a wallet from a Pakistani lorry driver. FA, 23, told the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance that he was driving along Ras al Khor Road in November when the lorry driver, BB, ran out in front of his car. "As I was driving, the man came running across the road and I almost hit him," the defendant said.

"I stopped my car and asked him why he did that and slapped him. I did not take anything from him." However BB said that after parking his lorry in order to relieve himself, he was approached by FA and a second man in a Lexus car who said they were police officers and demanded his identification. BB said he showed his passport and wallet, which contained Dh4,500, 2,000 Pakistani rupees (Dh86) and 30 Saudi riyals (Dh29), before the men took then and drove away.

A police officer who interviewed FA, testified that the defendant initially denied any contact with the victim, but later admitted that he had spoken to the man and slapped him. The court adjourned the hearing to June 21. @Email:amustafa@thenational.ae