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Two 'threatened to torture family', Dubai court hears

Two British tourists are accused of trying to extort money from an Indian businessman.

DUBAI // Two British tourists tried to extort money from an Indian businessman by threatening to torture him and his family, a court heard yesterday.

Prosecutors told the Criminal Court that MB, 52, and AM, 49, sent threatening emails to the 30-year-old victim on June 25 and June 28 last year.

"I'm asking you for money and if I don't get it I will cause harm to you and your family, my people in Mumbai will make sure of that," read a message sent to the businessman.

Another email read: "Do the right thing or you will deal with bad consequences due to [my friend's] anger - you and your family will suffer severe torture as he takes revenge."

According to court records, the two accused were associates of the Indian businessman's father.

The Indian businessman said that the two Britons were demanding that he purchased goods from them, and threatened him when he failed to do so. Prosecutors said the two Britons, when interrogated, confessed to sending the emails.

The accused men failed to appear in court to enter a plea. The next hearing was scheduled for January 3.

salamir@thenational.ae