DUBAI // Footballer Lionel Messi could be summoned to appear in a Dubai court after the lawyer representing a police officer jailed for taking a photo of the Barcelona star’s passport launched an appeal against his prison sentence.
“One of our rights in defence is to subpoena the harmed party and ask them questions and this is something that we are considering in our strategy,” said Abdul Moniem Bin Suwaidan, of Bin Suwaidan Advocates and Legal Consultants who is representing Emirati police officer, J S M, 26.
On Monday, the Dubai Court of Misdemeanors found J S M guilty of breaching the Argentine player’s privacy. He was sentenced to one month in prison.
J S M, who worked at Dubai Airport’s private jet area, took a video of himself holding Messi’s passport.
In the video, which has been widely circulated online, J S M can be heard saying: “This is Messi’s passport, he is here in Dubai, all his affairs are in currently in my hands. So what should I do? Should I burn the passport or just put it back? OK, Messi. You are forgiven. You can go!”
Messi arrived at Dubai International Airport on December 27 to collect the Globe Soccer Award’s best player award. He has not commented on the incident.
The first hearing in Dubai’s Court of Appeal is scheduled for March 1.
Source: uae news