Judge warns jewellery thieves to retract their confession
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.