x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Dubai taxi driver can prove bomb belt accused’s innocence, lawyer tells court

The lawyer of a policeman accused of making the bomb belt worn by a Uzbek woman who threatened to blow up a court building said his client is innocent and a taxi driver can prove it.

DUBAI // A taxi driver holds the key to the innocence of a policeman accused of building the bomb belt worn by a woman in a court building, the Dubai Criminal Court heard on Wednesday.

A lawyer, Eisa bin Heyder, told the court that M Y A, 28, from Fujairah, did not make the belt for Zulfiya Hamraeva, a 33-year-old Uzbek who, on September 1 last year, walked into the Dubai Public Prosecution building with the belt on and who is charged with threatening to blow up the building and spreading terror.

“In her testimony, Zulfiya Hamraeva said that my client made the belt at her apartment in The Gardens. But on the day of the incident she took a taxi from The Gardens to Naif area, where she met an Asian man and picked up the belt. The same taxi then took her to the prosecution building, where she made the threats,” said Mr bin Heyder.

He demanded that the Pakistani taxi driver who drove the Uzbek mother be summoned to testify.

“How come the prosecution failed to take his testimony? It’s very important and proves that the belt was not made at her house as she claimed,” said Mr bin Heyder, who then provided the court with the name of the taxi driver.

The lawyer also requested a copy of his client’s testimony to the national security section, specifically the one taken at 2.30am on September 2 last year.

The Emirati policeman is charged with aiding and abetting Ms Hamraeva, who is said to have committed the act over a paternity row with a 49-year-old Emirati, J S A, who she claims is the biological father of her 10-year-old son.

Both deny the charges and the case continues.