Policeman fired over fuel protest plan

A Dubai Police sergeant was dismissed for his involvement in organising a public demonstration against fuel price rises - but was at no point detained on any criminal charge.

DUBAI // A Dubai Police sergeant was dismissed for his involvement in organising a public demonstration against fuel price rises - but was at no point detained on any criminal charge. "We do not have anybody detained [regarding this matter] here in Dubai," said Major General Khamis al Mazeina, the acting chief of Dubai Police. "However, the force had to terminate the service of a policeman because he was involved in instigating the protest and thus breached his employment contract."

The unnamed 23-year-old, who had served in the force for five years, allegedly helped to plan the protest following the 14 per cent increase in fuel prices last month. It was the second rise in petrol prices in four months. Participants had proposed driving their cars from Fujairah to Abu Dhabi as part of the protest, but the plan was abandoned after it failed to get government approval. The termination of the sergeant was a disciplinary measure, decided by a military tribunal, said Maj Gen al Mazeina. Military regulations in the UAE prohibit personnel from taking part in demonstrations.

wissa@thenational.ae

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