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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Worker cleared of starting fire at Dubai development to protest conditions 

The 42-year-old Indian construction worker was acquitted of all charges due to a lack of evidence

A construction worker has been cleared of setting fire to a building on a construction site to protest working conditions after a colleague died.

Dubai Criminal Court acquitted the 42-year-old worker on Sunday of starting a fire, risking the lives of others and causing damage.

Related: Worker 'started fires on site and encouraged others to protest at colleague's death'

On May 18, prosecutors said the Indian man was among a group of workers who started the fire at the a warehouse in Dubai.

A Sudanese representative of the construction company said the defendant incited other workers to protest and set fire to the building and damaged a number of villas and vehicles.

Riot police arrived arrested the man who in court denied causing Dh12.6m in damages and other charges.

On Sunday, he was acquitted of all charges for lack of evidence.