DUBAI // Two unemployed men who posed as police officers, kidnapped a farmer and his friend, then robbed them had their sentences upheld on Wednesday.
A M, 26, and A A, 23, who both hold Comoros Islands passports, stopped R M, a Bangladeshi farmer, and his compatriot, M A, 30, in International City in March last year and identified themselves as police officers.
“They asked us for our IDs, then they told us to get into their car, because they wanted to check our IDs on a device inside the car,” said the 35-year-old farmer.
The duo then drove them around the Chinese cluster of the area before A A pulled metal scissors from the glove compartment and used it to threaten the victims. He told them in Arabic: “Money, money.”
“I gave him Dh200 that was on me, while M A gave him Dh3,700,” the farmer said.
M A told prosecutors that he refused to hand over the money until A A pointed the scissors at his face. After taking the cash, the thieves dropped their victims off and fled.
Police officer J A, 36, said the two defendants were arrested in Ajman. “A M rented the car that was used in the robbery and we were able to track it down and identify the suspects through CCTV footage,” he said.
The two denied all charges but they were convicted and sentenced to a year in jail each, to be followed by deportation. They took their case to Dubai Court of Appeal but they lost and their sentences were upheld.
Source: uae news