Man posing as CID officer robbed accountant of Dh42,000, Dubai court hears

The 26-year-old Indian victim said that on the morning of January 30 he was given the cash by his employer and asked to deposit it at a bank in Naif.

DUBAI// An 18-year-old Iraqi dragged a man into a van where he tied him up, threatened him with a knife and stole Dh42,000 in cash, a court has heard.

The 26-year-old Indian victim said he was given the cash by his employer and asked to deposit it at a bank in Naif in January.

“I had it in my right pocket and walked to the bank, which was in the Gold Market and not very far from my workplace,” said the accountant.

He said on the way he was approached by the defendant who “said he was a CID officer and asked for my ID. I gave it to him and after he looked at it, he dragged me by the shirt to a van then shoved me inside”, said the Indian.

There were two other people in the van but it was not made clear why they were not charged.

“They told me they were taking me to the police station and used plastic to tie my arms and legs,” said the victim, who was assaulted and robbed before being thrown out of the van.

“I told them I wouldn’t get out unless they took me to the police station and returned the cash they took.”

An Indian man, 54, said he found the victim in Al Hamriya with his arms and legs tied.

“I cut him free and he called police,” said the driver.

The defendant was arrested shortly after. He denied charges of impersonating a police officer and theft when he appeared at Dubai Criminal Court.

The next hearing is scheduled for October 19.

salamir@thenational.ae

Published: September 21, 2016 04:00 AM

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