x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Man 'hid murder suspects', court told

A man who allegedly hid murder suspects in his home before attempting to help them leave the UAE has been charged with harbouring fugitives and failing to report a crime.

DUBAI // A man who allegedly hid three murder suspects in his home has been charged with harbouring fugitives.

Prosecutors told the Dubai Criminal Court yesterday that SR, 30, of Pakistan, tried to help three compatriots, suspected of stabbing a man to death in an Ajman labour camp, to flee the country. SR has also been charged with failing to report a crime.

SR allegedly allowed the suspects, AA, AM and AO, to stay at his Dubai home after the murder of Shahid Ali in February 2010.

The trio is being prosecuted in Ajman for attempted murder and premeditated murder. Dubai prosecutors presented a confession from SR in which he claimed he let the men stay with him then he took them to Al Buraimi, on the Oman border, so they could escape the country.

SR also said that due to an injury to AM's hand, sustained in the attack, the men could not climb a wall and escape.

SR denied the charges. The case will resume on February 14.

While SR was prosecuted last May 17 on the same charges at the Dubai Misdemeanours Court, that court determined the case was outside its jurisdiction. The Dubai Court of Appeals sent the case to the Dubai Criminal Court for SR to be tried again.

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