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Dubai court overturns child molesting ruling

An imam convicted of sexually assaulting an eight-year-old boy has had his ruling overturned by the Dubai Court of Appeal.

DUBAI // An imam convicted of sexually assaulting an eight-year-old boy has had his ruling overturned by the Dubai Court of Appeal. The defendant was found guilty of molesting an American Quran student on January 26 at a mosque located in Tiffany Tower, Jumeirah Lake Towers, and sentenced to three years in jail on May 11. Advocate Harun Tahlak, who is representing Indian defendant D H, 26, told the Dubai Court of Appeal the case was based on lies made up by the boy and his brother in an attempt to get out of Quran lessons. "Your honour, these children simply did not want to take the lessons that their parents subjected them to," he said. "They were forced to take these classes at 5am every morning and they saw this teacher, who was a replacement tutor, as a stern instructor." Mr Tahlak also claimed D H's confession was taken under duress, and asked the court to launch an inquiry implicating the officers who assaulted him during interrogation. A medical report was submitted to court outlining the alleged assault. amustafa@thenational.ae

Published: August 29, 2010 04:00 AM