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

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