x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Woman accused of wearing bomb belt in Dubai court building jailed for threatening policewoman

The Uzbek woman charged with wearing a bomb belt in a Dubai Public prosecution building has been sentenced to one month in jail followed by deportation in a separate case relating to threatening a policewoman

DUBAI // The woman charged with wearing a bomb belt and threatening to blow up a Dubai Public prosecution building has been jailed for a month in a separate case.

Zulvia Hamraeva, 33, from Uzbekistan, was found guilty on Thursday of threatening to get M A, an Emirati policewoman, fired from her job.

The 24-year-old officer told the Dubai Court of Misdemeanours that she met Hamraeva at a women’s prison on December 9 last year and asked about her identity.

After responding, the Uzbek made a threatening gesture and said: “I will have you fired, you will see, you don’t know.”

The policewoman said the woman told her she would have to apologise, but the policewoman told her she had nothing to apologise for.

M A reported the incident and an investigation was launched. The investigating officer said that when Hamraeva was questioned, she refused to answer, raised her voice and started complaining about being interrogated.

“She requested to meet the general director of the punitive establishment,” said the officer.

The policewoman told the court that she felt frightened by the threats and did not know why they had been made.

“She may not be able to have me fired but I got scared,” she said.

Hamraeva had pleaded not guilty to making threats. Her trial on the bomb-belt charge continues.

salamir@thenational.ae