x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

UAE lawyer throws doubt on testimony of alleged gang rape victim

A 14-year-old girl who claims she was raped by five men is 'an expert in trapping men', a defence lawyer tells the Criminal Court.

ABU DHABI // A 14-year-old girl who claims she was raped by five men is "an expert in trapping men", a court heard today.

The girl, an Emirati, claims she was raped by a man she met through Facebook, and then raped four more times by other friends she called for help.

But the defence lawyer for one of the men told the Criminal Court yesterday that the girl's testimony could not be trusted and that she had changed her story a number of times.

According to the prosecution the girl was raped by one man in Dubai, then by two others who took her to Al Ain after she called them to ask for a lift, then by two policemen friends who took her to the desert.

But the defence lawyer rubbished her claims. "She is an expert in trapping men," he said. "In fact she had a list of men whom she had been planning to trap, she has a long history."

He said she had tricked one of the men into rushing to her aid by falsely claiming she had overdosed.

"The victim asked one of the defendants to drop her at her aunt's house in Al Ain," he continued. "But then she asked him to drop her in a hotel and she said that somebody should go with her to the hotel.

"She is the one who put herself in such a situation. Each time she gives different scenarios of being raped, varying from the defendant giving her drugs to sedatives."

He called the girl a liar and said there was not sufficient evidence to show the men had raped her. He also claimed that, contrary to the girl's assertions, the defendants did not know each other.

The men, who are all Emirati, are aged between 17 and 35.

The case was adjourned until April 8.

aalhameli@thenational.ae