x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Sharjah policeman charged with kidnap and rape

A policeman threatened a young writer that he would get 25 men to rape her if she did not have sex with him, a court is told.

DUBAI // A policeman threatened a young writer that he would get 25 men to rape her if she did not have sex with him, a court was told. The Sharjah officer, AH, 24, allegedly kidnapped, assaulted and raped BI, aged 23. The officer, who was said to be in a relationship with BI's roommate, was accused of forcing his way into their flat in Muraqabat, Dubai, in May.

"I got a call from my roommate and she warned me that AH might come to the flat," BI told prosecutors. Once inside the flat, AH searched it for the roommate, said BI, who is from Turkmenistan. According to prosecution records, the defendant slapped BI then dragged her by her hair down the building and outside, throwing her into the back seat of his car before driving away. AH allegedly drove around for a while then stopped the car and said he wanted BI to have sex with him, Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance was told.

BI told prosecutors she refused, but relented after the defendant threatened that he would get a group of men to rape her if she did not do what he wanted. Afterwards, BI said, the officer ripped off her gold chain, took her mobile phone and gave her Dh100 (US$27), then hailed a taxi. A police sergeant told prosecutors that the chain and phone were recovered from AH when his car was searched at Muraqabat police station. Forensic evidence showed that his DNA matched that recovered from the alleged victim.

The officer denies kidnap and rape. The trial was adjourned until October 6 to hear evidence from witnesses. amustafa@thenational.ae