x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Rape evidence 'too graphic for public'

The testimony of a forensics expert on the suspected rape of a tourist by a policeman in Hatta was deemed by a judge to be so graphic he ordered it to be given behind closed doors.

DUBAI // The testimony of a forensics expert on the suspected rape of a tourist by a policeman in Hatta was deemed by a judge to be so graphic he ordered it to be given behind closed doors.

Judge Maher Al Mahdi was earlier told at the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instancethat a 24-year-old Japanese tourist was kidnapped, assaulted, raped and threatened with death by an Emirati policeman, SA, in March.

SA, 25, denied the charges when he first appeared in court last month.

The chief prosecutor, Khalid Al Zarooni, has asked the court to impose the death penalty if SA is found guilty.

The officer was arrested after five months of investigations, Lt Col Ahmed Al Merri, the director of criminal investigations at Dubai Police, told prosecutors.

Records show that on March 14, six days after the woman arrived in Dubai, she took a public bus to Hatta to visit tourist sites.

SA is accused of kidnapping her after tricking her into believing he was going to show her the sights.

DNA evidence collected by the police forensics department was matched to SA and his car, prosecutors say.

The trial is scheduled to continue on January 8.

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