x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Prisoners on cell fire charges face longer sentences

Two jail inmates may may be given extended terms after allegedly starting fires in their cells in separate incidents last year.

DUBAI // Two jail inmates may may be given extended sentences after allegedly starting fires in their cells in separate incidents last year.  The convicted arsonist, S B, 30, was charged yesterday with damaging public property and arson after allegedly setting his Central Prison cell ablaze last June. The 23-year-old Emirati A H was charged with endangering the lives of other prisoners, damaging public property, arson and threatening a police officer after being accused of burning his Bur Dubai police station holding cell last August. 

A police lieutenant told prosecutors that A H had asked to be taken to a hospital because of his injuries. The defendant then threatened to burn the police station down when police refused to take him to hospital because the injuries were not serious. A H, who had claimed to be psychologically unstable, then set fire to his bed after being transferred to a solitary confinement cell, records showed. The reason for his incarceration was not given. The case is the third of its kind in recent weeks. A man who set fire to his prison cell in hopes of being released from solitary confinement was sentenced to serve an extra seven years last month. The 32-year-old Emirati inmate S I, who had been serving a life sentence, is now facing a total of 32 years in jail. Life sentences generally run for 25 years in the UAE.