x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Dubai travel agency manager locked up customer with expired visa, court hears

The criminal court gave Pakistani manager a six-month suspended jail sentence for locking up his compatriot, who fell from a window while trying to escape.

DUBAI // The manager of a travel agency was so angry at a customer for accruing fines by overstaying his visit visa that he held him captive against his will.

The criminal court gave the Pakistani manager, M E, 57, a six-month suspended jail sentence for locking up his compatriot, M T, who fell from a window while trying to escape.

The Dubai Criminal Court heard that M T had hired the company to issue him a visit permit to the UAE. After he arrived, he overstayed his visa and failed to return the calls of the company, which was fined because of his actions.

In September 2012, M E was informed that M T was residing in Al Aweer area. He contacted him and asked him to come to the travel agency office. When M T arrived, M E locked him in and left.

M T tried to escape from the office through the window but fell down to a first-floor balcony. He was found by the cleaner who had a spare key to the office.

“I opened the company’s door to start cleaning and noticed the window open, when I looked down I saw a man on the first floor bleeding,” said S A, a 26-year-old Pakistani. The cleaner called the manager and informed the police.

The manager confessed to detaining M T, saying he had been trying to contact him ever since the visa expired. “He did not renew the visa nor did he pay his fines for overstaying, then he disappeared,” said M E.

salamir@thenational.ae