Brothel gang 'attacked police with swords'



DUBAI // An armed gang attacked police who had raided a brothel, leaving one officer lying in a pool of blood, a court was told yesterday. Eight men appeared at the Dubai Criminal Courts of First Instance yesterday on a string of charges including prostitution, human trafficking, assaulting police officers and destroying a police car. The defendants - three Emiratis, two Indians, two Bangladeshis and a 45-year-old stateless person - were also charged with operating a brothel, resisting arrest, threatening a police officer and theft.

It was alleged that two of the Emiratis, AA and MM, an Indian defendant, FS, and a Bangladeshi, JH, operated the brothel. A third Emirati, MJ, was also alleged to have been involved. A further suspect is still at large. The defendants were arrested after one of the women they forced into prostitution contacted the police, court officials said. The Nepalese woman, 27, told prosecutors she had been forced to have sex with up to 25 men a day.

"I arrived from Nepal to work as a maid and was met by [the suspect still at large]. I was beaten up and forced to sleep with 25 men a day every day. So I called a friend from one of my customers' mobiles and asked for help." After her friend contacted police, officers raided a building in the Hamriya district where police said they found the alleged operation spread across two houses. The Nepalese woman told the court that while she was being taken to safety, a gang armed with knives and swords arrived and attacked the officers.

"When the men appeared and started fighting, I ran away and hid at a hospital which was nearby until police found me," she said. According to a Dubai Police officer, a complaint was filed by the Nepalese consulate regarding a Nepalese woman who had been held and forced into prostitution. The officer said that on February 26 he went to the location with an official from the consulate. "We found a man at the door letting people in - we took him for questioning and he confessed to us about the brothel and the Nepalese woman," the officer told the court.

The man signed a search warrant and the officer called in reinforcements and they entered the house. "When we raided the house we found three men inside; we arrested them and freed the women," he said. A few minutes later, the court heard, a red pick-up truck arrived carrying five armed, masked men, who attacked the officers with swords and knives. The officer was hit on the back of the head with a sharp object and fell to the floor.

"Someone said, 'Let's kill him so CID will know not to mess with our neighbourhood,' but another man pushed him back," the officer told prosecutors. He said the Nepalese consulate official escaped and called an ambulance. Another officer said that after he had led the Nepalese woman and three others to safety out of the back of the building, he returned to find the injured policeman lying in a pool of blood at the front door.

The defendants are also alleged to have destroyed one police vehicle and smashed the windows of another. After the gang members were restrained and arrested by additional officers, an accounts ledger was recovered showing outgoings and income, prosecution records claim. The trial was adjourned until December 20 for the presentation of witness testimonies and to hear defence statements. amustafa@thenational.ae

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Revibe
Started: 2022
Founders: Hamza Iraqui and Abdessamad Ben Zakour
Based: UAE
Industry: Refurbished electronics
Funds raised so far: $10m
Investors: Flat6Labs, Resonance and various others

Ruwais timeline

1971 Abu Dhabi National Oil Company established

1980 Ruwais Housing Complex built, located 10 kilometres away from industrial plants

1982 120,000 bpd capacity Ruwais refinery complex officially inaugurated by the founder of the UAE Sheikh Zayed

1984 Second phase of Ruwais Housing Complex built. Today the 7,000-unit complex houses some 24,000 people.  

1985 The refinery is expanded with the commissioning of a 27,000 b/d hydro cracker complex

2009 Plans announced to build $1.2 billion fertilizer plant in Ruwais, producing urea

2010 Adnoc awards $10bn contracts for expansion of Ruwais refinery, to double capacity from 415,000 bpd

2014 Ruwais 261-outlet shopping mall opens

2014 Production starts at newly expanded Ruwais refinery, providing jet fuel and diesel and allowing the UAE to be self-sufficient for petrol supplies

2014 Etihad Rail begins transportation of sulphur from Shah and Habshan to Ruwais for export

2017 Aldar Academies to operate Adnoc’s schools including in Ruwais from September. Eight schools operate in total within the housing complex.

2018 Adnoc announces plans to invest $3.1 billion on upgrading its Ruwais refinery 

2018 NMC Healthcare selected to manage operations of Ruwais Hospital

2018 Adnoc announces new downstream strategy at event in Abu Dhabi on May 13

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Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

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Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
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Sarfira

Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5

Brief scores:

Manchester City 3

Bernardo Silva 16', Sterling 57', Gundogan 79'

Bournemouth 1

Wilson 44'

Man of the match: Leroy Sane (Manchester City)

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

The specs

Price, base: Dh228,000 / Dh232,000 (est)
Engine: 5.7-litre Hemi V8
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
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Torque: 552Nm
Fuel economy, combined: 12.5L / 100km

The biog

Favourite Emirati dish: Fish machboos

Favourite spice: Cumin

Family: mother, three sisters, three brothers and a two-year-old daughter

Panipat

Director Ashutosh Gowariker

Produced Ashutosh Gowariker, Rohit Shelatkar, Reliance Entertainment

Cast Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Kriti Sanon, Mohnish Behl, Padmini Kolhapure, Zeenat Aman

Rating 3 /stars

The Afghan connection

The influx of talented young Afghan players to UAE cricket could have a big impact on the fortunes of both countries. Here are three Emirates-based players to watch out for.

Hassan Khan Eisakhil
Mohammed Nabi is still proving his worth at the top level but there is another reason he is raging against the idea of retirement. If the allrounder hangs on a little bit longer, he might be able to play in the same team as his son, Hassan Khan. The family live in Ajman and train in Sharjah.

Masood Gurbaz
The opening batter, who trains at Sharjah Cricket Academy, is another player who is a part of a famous family. His brother, Rahmanullah, was an IPL winner with Kolkata Knight Riders, and opens the batting with distinction for Afghanistan.

Omid Rahman
The fast bowler became a pioneer earlier this year when he became the first Afghan to represent the UAE. He showed great promise in doing so, too, playing a key role in the senior team’s qualification for the Asia Cup in Muscat recently.

Fighter profiles

Gabrieli Pessanha (Brazil)

Reigning Abu Dhabi World Pro champion in the 95kg division, virtually unbeatable in her weight class. Known for her pressure game but also dangerous with her back on the mat.

Nathiely de Jesus, 23, (Brazil)

Two-time World Pro champion renowned for her aggressive game. She is tall and most feared by her opponents for both her triangles and arm-bar attacks.

Thamara Ferreira, 24, (Brazil)

Since her brown belt days, Ferreira has been dominating the 70kg, in both the World Pro and the Grand Slams. With a very aggressive game.

Samantha Cook, 32, (Britain)

One of the biggest talents coming out of Europe in recent times. She is known for a highly technical game and bringing her A game to the table as always.

Kendall Reusing, 22, (USA)

Another young gun ready to explode in the big leagues. The Californian resident is a powerhouse in the -95kg division. Her duels with Pessanha have been highlights in the Grand Slams.

Martina Gramenius, 32, (Sweden)

Already a two-time Grand Slam champion in the current season. Gramenius won golds in the 70kg, in both in Moscow and Tokyo, to earn a spot in the inaugural Queen of Mats.

 


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