x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Soldier posed as policeman to beat, rob man on street, court told

The soldier stole money from the man's wallet after attacking him, prosecutors say.

DUBAI // A soldier denied posing as a Criminal Investigation Department officer and robbing a man after assaulting him, a court heard this morning.

Prosecutors charged the 26-year-old MA, who is in the UAE Armed Forces, with forceful theft of Dh5,000, assault and impersonating a CID officer.

The victim, AA, 40, Bangladeshi, told prosecutors that he was walking in Al Satwa area about 9pm on February 24, heading to a friend's house, when he was attacked by a stranger.

He said MA grabbed him from by his neck, then threw him to the ground and knocking his wallet loose.

"He took the wallet," AA said, adding that MA started kicking him and slapping him. When AA asked why he was hitting him, MA said he was a CID officer.

Minutes later, a white FJ Cruiser pulled over and an Emirati woman looked at them. MA asked her whether AA was the man who harassed her, and she said no, records show.

MA threw the wallet to the ground, got into the car and left, prosecutors said.

AA 's friend, who was nearby, saw the attack and wrote down the car's plate number. He called police, and an ambulance took AA to Rashid Hospital.

The next hearing will be on september 12.

salamir@thenational.ae