Dubai: A trader lost his appeal and will pay a Dh5,000 fine for cursing his father-in-law and a businessman following a business dispute between them.
The Syrian trader reportedly threatened to get rid of his father-in-law and his countryman businessman even if he had to pay Dh3.6 million for that and cursing them following a dispute in January 2017.
The incident happened during a business meeting at a luxury hotel between the 40-year-old trader and his 63-year-old father-in-law who is a manager, and the 36-year-old businessman.
In October, the Dubai Court of First Instance acquitted the trader of threatening his father-in-law and the businessman but fined him for cursing his countrymen.
The defendant appealed his primary judgement and sought to be acquitted by the Appeal Court.
On Wednesday, presiding judge Saeed Salem Bin Sarm dismissed the defendant’s appeal and upheld the primary ruling.
The three men were discussing business before the trader yelled and cursed his two countrymen and slandered them.
He cursed his father-in-law and the businessman and their families. He was also alleged to have said that he was willing to get rid of them even if that cost him Dh3.6 million.
The manager and the businessman reported the matter to the police.
The defendant pleaded not guilty in court.
The businessman said the trader disrespected them and cursed them in front of the hotel’s guests.
“He cursed and threatened us in public and loudly in front of others. He cursed our families and threatened us loudly,” he testified.
The father-in-law said the defendant insulted and cursed him loudly and said bad words about his wife, daughter and him.
A security guard at the hotel testified that when he asked the 63-year-old about the incident, he informed him that the suspect was his son-in-law and that it was a family dispute.
The appellate ruling remains subject to appeal before the Cassation Court within 30 days.