Pair deny insulting Dubai airport employee, saying he started altercation

DUBAI // Two Britons have denied insulting a Dubai airport employee and told a court that it was in fact he who insulted them. Prosecutors said that on May 4, the travellers landed at Dubai International Airport and, when they were asked by the Emirati inspector to have their luggage checked, they used foul language […]

DUBAI // Two Britons have denied insulting a Dubai airport employee and told a court that it was in fact he who insulted them.

Prosecutors said that on May 4, the travellers landed at Dubai International Airport and, when they were asked by the Emirati inspector to have their luggage checked, they used foul language to insult him.

“They waved their British passports and said that I could do nothing to them,” said the inspector.

The men denied the accusations and told the presiding judge at Dubai Court of Misdemeanours that the inspector approached them for no reason at all and dragged one of them by the neck.

“I had done nothing wrong. He just came straight at me and dragged me by the neck,” said one Briton, while the other nodded at the judge, confirming his compatriot’s story.

“You did not say any word of insult that might have provoked him to hold you by the neck?” asked the judge. “No, your honour, we did nothing and he was the one who started saying that we thought we were better than others with our British passports and that, if we thought that he could not touch us, being Britons, then we are wrong,” said the defendants to court.

They told the judge that the court should check CCTV camera footage. “It will confirm what we say,” the suspects told the judge.

The men presented their defence arguments and requested that the court summon the plaintiff and question him.

A verdict will be given on September 29.

salamir@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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