Judge warns jew­ellery thieves to re­tract their con­fes­sion

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Four men who had ad­mit­ted break­ing into a store and steal­ing gold jew­ellery re­tracted their con­fes­sions af­ter a judge warned them they risked hav­ing their hands cut off un­der Sharia Law.

The Pak­istani men went on trial at Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court ac­cused of steal­ing 1.4kg of gold jew­ellery from the store.

Prose­cu­tors said that, in March, three men wear­ing masks tried to un­lock the ex­ter­nal glass door of a jew­ellery store in the Musaf­fah area of Abu Dhabi dur­ing the night. When they failed to open the door, they used iron rods to smash the glass and broke into the shop.

“Within less than 10 min­utes, the men stole gold jew­ellery weigh­ing 1.4kg and fled the scene,” said a pros­e­cu­tor.

“The film taken by CCTV cam­eras at the shop showed how the men wear­ing masks broke into the shop and ran away with the jew­ellery.”

Af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tions, po­lice were able to iden­tify one of the bur­glars.

The Pak­istani man al­legedly con­fessed to car­ry­ing out the bur­glary at the store with three other men By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo af­ter po­lice showed him film of him and other men break­ing into the store. His sus­pected ac­com­plices were ar­rested and po­lice re­cov­ered the stolen gold jew­ellery.

In court on Thurs­day, three of the men ad­mit­ted to the charges of theft while the fourth man de­nied tak­ing part.

Judge Aqsam Su­laiman, how­ever, said to them that they risk fac­ing the penalty of hav­ing their hands cut off un­der Sharia Law if they don’t take back their con­fes­sions.

“If you in­sist on con­fess­ing to theft, you might have your hands cut off ac­cord­ing to Sharia Law,” Judge Suleiman told the men through a trans­la­tor. Un­der Sharia Law, theft can be proved through a con­fes­sion. But courts ex­er­cise le­niency as much as pos­si­ble on peo­ple charged with of­fences such as theft so they avoid the tough­est pun­ish­ments. The trial was ad­journed un­til June 28.

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