x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Two women 'abducted over debt', Dubai court told

A woman denies abducting and threatening to kill her compatriots over Dh25,000 owed.

DUBAI // A female debt collector has denied abducting two women who owed her Dh250,000.

Chinese L?P, 55, threatened to kill her two compatriots if they did not return her money, a court heard yesterday.

The first victim, Z?H, 39, said she was kidnapped from her friend’s shop in International City on September 24 last year. She was forced into a car and taken to an empty building in an industrial area of Abu Dhabi.

The second victim, Z?L, 47, said she was in her car when she was approached by two men who abducted her and took her to the same place.

The victims said they were held captive and threatened with death if they did not repay Dh250,000 they had borrowed from the defendant.

The victims said they were then taken to a hotel in Dubai, and offered to pay Dh100,000 in cash and the remainder by cheque.

They were allowed to call a friend to arrange getting the money. But the friend, Y?Q, told the kidnappers he would not hand over the cash until the women were released.

He then said they had 30 minutes to free the women or he would call the police.

Three hours later, the women were forced to sign a letter agreeing to pay 6 million Chinese Yuan (about Dh3m) in exchange for their freedom. After they were released, they went to the police station to report the incident.

The hearing will continue on February 11.

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