x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Woman accused of swearing at policeman

Woman claims she only told policeman he should be ashamed and did not swear.

ABU DHABI // A woman accused of swearing at a policeman says she only told him he should be ashamed for delaying her trip home.

FK, an Emirati, had been returning to Beda Zayed with her eight daughters from a wedding when their driver stopped at a petrol station in Al Rahba after midnight, the Abu Dhabi Appeals Court heard yesterday.

She told the court the policeman came to the car and delayed them, with three hours of travel to go.

"Thirty minutes passed so I told him, 'Please, if you want to issue a fine just do it and let us go. It's late and the girls have exams the next day'," FK said.

"Then an hour passed and he still wouldn't let us go. I told him: 'You don't have shame on your face. You stop a woman and her daughters in the middle of the night. If you have honour you wouldn't have done it'."

Witnesses at the woman's first trial, where she was acquitted, said those were her only words.

The Appeals Court is due to announce its verdict on March 21.