x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Royal worker 'stole bullets and sold them to pilot'

The theft was discovered when the shooting club was auditing its stocks.

DUBAI // An employee of Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum, the Olympic sport shooter and member of the Dubai royal family, stole 6,000 rounds of ammunition from the Jebel Ali Shooting club, a court heard yesterday.

AA, 32, a Pakistani, denies stealing 1,000 rounds of 9mm shells and 5,000 rounds of .22 calibre shells worth about Dh7,000. Maj OM, 35, a pilot for the air force, denied charges of conspiracy and aiding and abetting.

The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance was told that AA, who worked as a munitions caretaker for Sheikh Saeed, stole the ammunition on August 27 and the theft was discovered on September 1 when the shooting club was auditing its stocks.

Police investigators told prosecutors that when AA was arrested, he confessed to the theft and to selling 4,000 rounds to the pilot OM, who lives in Fujairah.

OM denied any knowledge of the theft, but said he knew AA and had helped him financially several times.

Records show OM said he kept the bullets for sport shooting.

The case was adjourned until February 19.

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