Dubai tenant threatened in front of family after winning landlord contract battle

DUBAI // A man was threatened in front of his wife and children that thugs from Syria would be sent to cause him harm, prosecutors told Dubai Criminal Court on Tuesday. They said that the 41-year-old Egyptian had won an extended tenancy contract after he lodged a complaint against his landlord. Afterwards, the Syrian landlord’s […]

DUBAI // A man was threatened in front of his wife and children that thugs from Syria would be sent to cause him harm, prosecutors told Dubai Criminal Court on Tuesday.

They said that the 41-year-old Egyptian had won an extended tenancy contract after he lodged a complaint against his landlord. Afterwards, the Syrian landlord’s brother, 38, allegedly threatened to send him Shabbiha (thugs) from Syria to cause him harm.

The brother was charged with issuing threats, while he and a 31-year-old engineer were both charged with robbing the Egyptian’s office at dawn. A third suspect, a public relations manager, was charged with aiding and abetting.

However, the Syrian trio did not face the charges in court on Tuesday morning for reasons that were not given.

Prosecutors said that the Egyptian started receiving threats from the landlord and his brother after he won the extended tenancy contract for an office and apartment in a Dubai Marina tower because the landlord and the brother, who owns the office and apartment, were not happy with the verdict.

“The landlord’s brother met me while I was leaving the building with my wife and children, and gave me two weeks to evict or else the least he would do is send me thugs from Syria,” the Egyptian said.

He added that, in April last year, he was contacted by his secretary and told that the office was completely empty after the equipment and even furniture was stolen.

“After reporting the incident to police, the landlord banned me and my wife from using the tower’s car park, and shut down the air conditioning in our flat,” said the man.

A Bangladeshi security guard at the tower, aged 29, testified that the Syrian engineer accused of stealing the office equipment, came to him on the night of the theft.

“It was strange to see him at 3am. He told me a sewage pipe burst and asked me to check on it. I did and when I returned he was not present. Then, in the morning, I was asked to attend to the victim’s office and police were there. I was told someone stole the office,” testified the guard.

Although the defendants did not face the charges, the court said a verdict will be issued on October 9.

salamir@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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