Prosecutors are seeking capital punishment against 7 suspects who were referred
to court for kidnapping a marketing manager and stealing his Dh1.3 million
after they posed as policemen.
The 7 Asian suspects impersonated police personnel, kidnapped the manager after
they shackled and threatened to kill him before they stole his money, according
to senior prosecutor Abdullah Sultan Al Sharif.
"The maximum punishment of the crime of kidnap and confining someone's freedom
is a capital punishment. We have referred the defendants to the Dubai Court of
First Instance and asked for the implementation of the toughest punishment
applicable," Al Sharif said yesterday.
According to the investigations that were conducted by Deira Prosecution, the
suspects ganged up against the marketing manager and kidnapped him after they
planned to run away with his money.
"We heard statements of prosecution witnesses and law enforcement officers…
according to our findings, the suspects forged the logo of Dubai Police on
documents that they used to pose as policemen and stop the manager when the
incident happened," said Al Sharif.
Threatened to kill
"They used iron shackles and chained the victim before they put him in their
car and they drove off. The suspects sprayed both side of a pair of sunglasses
that they forced the manager to wear when they put him in the car… they
intended not to make him see them or identify the car," he added.
One of the suspects threatened to kill the victim, who was kidnapped shortly
after he withdrew the money from a local bank, according to records.
The suspects drove to a desert area where they removed the moneybag from the
manager's hand before they dropped him off and zoomed away, it was said.
"When he felt that the car was about to take off, the claimant wiggled his head
to drop the sunglasses so he could be able to read the car plate number. Then
he headed to the nearest police station and reported the matter… law
enforcement officer identified the car driver from the plate number. The
claimant identified the driver in the police line up. The money which was in
form of three cheque [Dh1 million] and Dh300,000 cash belonged to two
companies," said Al Sharif.
The suspects admitted to their crime, reports said.
"We call on the public to be more vigilant and cautious when they move around
and carry large amounts of money. They also need to double check the identities
of any person who stops them in public," Al Sharif said.
A hearing is to be scheduled soon.
(source: Gulf News)