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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 3 March 2021

Man found guilty of locking up business partner in Dubai hotel laundry room

An Australian has been found guilty of threatening, assaulting and locking up his business partner in a hotel suite’s laundry room.

DUBAI // An Australian has been found guilty of threatening, assaulting and locking up his business partner in a hotel suite’s laundry room.

The Dubai Criminal Court sentenced 44-year-old F N to a six-month suspended jail term.

F N denied confining Pakistani L B for 12 hours, beating him with a metal bar and threatening to kill his family.

Friends of L B in Australia contacted the Pakistan embassy in the UAE, which alerted officers.

The two business partners were staying at a hotel in Al Barsha after arriving from South Africa to receive a gold shipment.

“He suddenly got angry and started screaming because the shipment’s documents did not arrive from South Africa,” L B, 54, told police, adding that F N took away his mobile phone, wallet and passport and dragged him into the laundry room.

Prosecutors said F N ordered L B to call his friends in Australia and ask them to wire him money. L B told his friends he was being confined, leading them to call the embassy.

M E, a 28-year-old Emirati policeman, said the victim was found bleeding on the bed.

“He told me that a misunderstanding caused the assault,” said the officer.

Records show that LB, who had to go to hospital, dropped charges against his partner.

salamir@thenational.ae

Published: March 1, 2016 04:00 AM

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