Clerk cleared of confining man in travel agency

Court acquits suspect of keeping man locked in agency without electricity and air-cooling

Dubai: A clerk has been cleared of locking up a man inside a travel and tourism agency for two hours with the electricity and air-cooling switched off.

The Pakistani man called up the police and told them that the 31-year-old Egyptian clerk had locked him up in the agency’s office and walked away in March.

A police patrol was dispatched to the travel and tourism agency at Al Khaleej Street and when they found the door locked, they called up the clerk.

The latter did not respond until police contacted him via one of his flatmates.

The 31-year-old headed to the office and opened the door before the man walked out and seemed in a normal condition but was sweating.

On Wednesday, the Dubai Court of First Instance’s presiding judge Fahd Al Shamsi acquitted the clerk due to a lack of substantiated evidence.

The defendant refuted the charges against him and contended in court that he did not lock the complainant inside the agency.

His lawyer told the court: “The agency office has a glass door and had the claimant been supposedly locked up inside, why didn’t he smash the glass door and free himself? His claim that the air-cooler was switched off was a lie … the remote was there and he could have switched it on. He gave a contradicting and inconsistent statement.”

The lawyer asked the court to acquit his client.

A corporal said the Pakistani man reported to the police that he was confined in the agency at midnight.

“We called the suspect to make him come and open the door … he didn’t respond. He came to the agency after we contacted one of his flatmates. The man claimed that the clerk had locked him inside,” he claimed.

Wednesday’s ruling remains subject to appeal.


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