Man says Dubai Police assaulted him and denies resisting arrest in court

Unemployed Iranian H W was charged with resisting arrest by Dubai Police anti-narcotics officers and kicking them in an attempt to escape on May 31.

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DUBAI // A 30-year-old man denied resisting arrest and told Dubai Criminal Court that he was assaulted by police officers.

Unemployed Iranian H W was charged with resisting arrest by Dubai Police anti-narcotics officers and kicking them in an attempt to escape on May 31.

H W admitted to a charge of taking drugs.

Police officer S Z said in court records that he arrested H W after receiving a tip-off that he was using drugs.

“We waited for him near his house in Al Satwa. He arrived in a car and as he stepped out we approached him and identified ourselves, after which he resisted arrest by pushing us to the floor and kicking us. It took us a while to restrain him on the ground and handcuff him,” S Z said.

Officer S A testified that H W called out for his mother and family while he was being arrested. “His mother and sisters came and assaulted me as well as the arresting officers and also insulted them. The woman pulled my hair,” said S A, adding that he suffered bruises because of the assault.

“It’s not true, I did not resist,” H W told the court.

“In fact, it was the officers who assaulted me and dragged me along the floor.”

A urine test confirmed that H W had taken hashish.

A verdict is expected on December 17.

salamir@thenational.ae